Relay Recess concludes with
activities at Adams School
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[May 25, 2016]
- On Monday afternoon, the last Relay Recess for local schools was
held at Adams School. Over the past two weeks Relay events were held
on Tuesday, May 10th at West Lincoln-Broadwell, Thursday, May 12th
at Washington-Monroe School, and on Monday morning at Northwest
together with Jefferson School.
Each of the schools’ students participated in various activities
to raise money that will be donated to the Logan County Relay for
Life to be held June 18th. The main event will take place from noon
to midnight weather permitting in the parking lot of the Lincoln
College Campus, or inside Lincoln Center.
On Monday afternoon, students assembled in the playground area at
Adams and heard from some people about cancer. The assembly was
called to order by Principal Christa Healy. Adams School consists of
students in levels pre-kindergarten through second grade. Healy
spoke to the young students in simplified terms about the importance
of raising money for cancer research. She noted that the students
had worked to raise money and said they deserved to give themselves
a “big clap” for their efforts.
Healy pointed out that Mr. Adams at Adams school was a cancer
survivor, and that he was going to speak to the children about his
cancer. Adams explained the treatment he received in his battle
against prostate cancer, with Healy on occasion pitching in to help
simplify and explain some of the words Adams was using such as
radiation and chemotherapy.
Another guest spoke about her mother’s battle with cancer and how a
healthy diet was key in the battle. She also mentioned that a
healthy lifestyle was a big part of avoiding the disease.
A survivor who is a grandfather said that he wanted children to
remember always to go to the doctor. Regular check-ups can result in
early detection, which is very important in the battle against the
Another survivor told her story as she came forward with her
granddaughter, an Adams student in hand. She explained that her
granddaughter lived in Texas when the cancer hit. Grandma was going
to be in a hospital in St. Louis for 25-days, and it was a special
surprise when her granddaughter and parents came to St. Louis to
support her during her fight with cancer.
Healy returned to the front and talked about cancer and the stations
that the students would be visiting during their relay. The program
from that point on would be much the same as what had been held at
Northwest School earlier in the day.
Healy was excited about the Butterfly Station and suggested to the
kids that they could color their butterflies in whatever manner they
wished. But at the same time, she suggested that if they included
even a small spot of purple, it would be a message that the students
support the fight against all cancer.
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Again the butterflies will be on display at the June 18th
county-wide Relay for Life at Lincoln Center.
Healy then called for the survivor lap that included all the
survivors present walking with the children for the first lap of the
day. After the first lap, children would then be divided into groups
with some going to the stations while others began making their
Also on hand for all of the Relay Recess events was Tonita Reifsteck,
who works each year to register and acknowledge all cancer survivors
during the Relay for Life. Cancer has hit home for Reifsteck
affecting many of her loved ones over the years, making it a cause
that is very near and dear to her heart.
There are currently 27 teams with 127 participants signed up to
participate in this year’s event. To date, more than $15,000 has
been raised, but that number will rise significantly after Bank
Night, which will be held on June 6th, and more than likely again on
The relay is open to the public, so regardless of whether or not
someone wishes to walk, they may still come out and cheer on those
who do. There will also be silent and live auction opportunities,
food opportunities, and some of the teams on hand will still be
raising funds throughout the evening through special sales and other
activities at their individual tents.
The butterfly theme will continue at the main event, and the Relay
committee has hinted that there will be a hidden butterfly somewhere
in Logan County that will have special significance for the one who