Lincoln elementary schools join
the fight with Recess Relay programs
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[June 19, 2017]
- Nearing the end of the school year students and faculty at
Central, Adams, Northwest, West Lincoln-Broadwell and
Washington-Monroe elementary schools set aside a special time to
join the fight against cancer.
Each school conducted its own customized Recess for Relay program,
which included raising funds by walking laps, learning that there
are some cancers that can be prevented and what everyone can be
During the Recess Relay events students alternated walking and
visiting various stations where they were provided information
and/or were led in activities.
Students were reminded to protect themselves from the sun by wearing
clothing that covers their skin, a hat, and sunscreen. For a visual
aid, each received an ultra-violet light sensitive bracelet that
turn colors from the damaging rays.
With lots of ingenuity, fun and energy, the 'CATCH Lady' Angie
Whiteman, reminded everyone that eating the right foods and staying
fit gives everyone a better chance at a healthy life. CATCH or
Coordinated Approach To Child Health is a program that goes into
schools all year long to teach kids about nutrition and fitness
activity that is conducted through the Healthy Communities
Students were also reminded about the risks of tobacco.
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Some schools pumped up their programs to go all week long. Daily
themes made it a fun way to finish out the last days of the school year.
Students and teachers could wear fun clothing, footwear, or hats that normally
are not acceptable in school by making a Relay donation that day. Sports Day
took a game perspective to not let cancer win. With the weather hot and rainy
most of May, Flip-flop Day made quite a hit at Northwest School this year.
There was also a giant gym course bounce house to challenge the
students that nearly every kid no matter how small wanted their chance at doing,
and yoga was added to the Relay day.
Kids from Central's fifth grade gloried in the beautiful May 24th, 1.5 mile
cross-country walk led by Ms. Rebecca Bailey. That same day Northwest and Adams
School held their relays also, luckily catching one of the few days that it did
not rain in May and activities went on as planned outdoors. All schools had a
backup plan. The only school not so lucky was Washington Monroe, where they did
a 'Coin War' that proved lots of fun.
In all, students, teachers and administrators raised $1,471.05 for the cause.
All proceeds will go toward research for a cure and for local support of