On Wednesday, February 15, 2016 Husky Nation will participate in a student-led, Relay for Life event in order to fundraise for the American Cancer Society. The event is part of this year's Service Learning curriculum, as a group of students were driven to fundraise in service of an outside cause.
Throughout the fall and winter, students have worked to organize the event and publicize to their friends and family. Their effort began in November when the whole school wore pink during their annual Powder Keg weekend to raise awareness for those affected by cancer and the Relay for Life event. To date, students have raised approximately $5,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Students will gather at 7 pm in the Field House for an opening ceremony. Following the opening ceremony, each advisory group will begin walking around the track. The goal of the event is to keep people moving around the track for a full 6 hours. Each advisory will work as a team to ensure that one member of their team is always walking, while others cheer them on, have fun, and provide support throughout the evening.
At 9 pm, there will be a Luminaria ceremony. This emotional event remembers those lost to cancer, and everyone in the community will have the opportunity to decorate and light a luminaria in honor of a loved one. At 7 pm, at the start of the ceremony, and at 9 pm during the Lumniaria ceremony, the whole community will walk together to symbolize our collective support and reflect on this year's theme of being Better Together.
Throughout the evening, in addition to steady momentum around the track, there will be basketball, dodgeball, karaoke and snacks to support the students walking.
Many hands and voices have been involved in making this event possible for our community. Special recognition should go to Sierra Lee '17, who has been the primary student leader of this event. Sierra is closely supported by Mrs. J's and Mrs. Kesselring's advisory groups, and Mr. Schwab, Director of Experiential Learning.
You can learn more about the program on the Relay for Life website
, and follow the evening's events through social media and Flickr.