PARKERSBURG - Worthington Elementary School students walked for a cause Friday as the school held a mini Relay for Life.
Students gathered in the gymnasium shortly before taking the track. The students began in January with monthly fund-raising activities, such as a hat day, crazy hair day, Copper Toppers where students compete to donate the most pennies, and a Purple Toilet fundraiser where kids "flushed" money down a commode.
Lori Richards, a special education teacher at the school who was lead organizer of the Worthington Mini Relay for Life, announced the final dollar amount Friday.
Worthington Elementary School first-graders begin walking on the school track while displaying a banner Friday during the school’s seventh annual mini Relay for Life. Students and staff raised more than $2,500 for cancer research. (Photo by Michael Erb)
In total, the school raised $2,567.98, just over the $2,500 goal, for the American Cancer Society. This marks the seventh year the school has held a mini Relay for Life.
"That amount is amazing. When I was reading the total I was trying not to cry," Richards said. "It shows you the giving heart of the school."
Prior to the walk, students and staff recognized and honored several cancer survivors who were family and friends of people at the school. Some were older, but a few were school-age, with the youngest cancer survivor being only five years old.
Richards said everyone has been affected by the disease, either personally or through family or friends.
"It hits home to all of us," she said.