Pulling an all-nighter may be out of the ordinary for most teens. But doing it for a good cause — like raising money for cancer research — rocks.
On May 17 and 18, Findlay High School (FHS) will host a Relay for Life — the first one in Ohio to be organized by a public high school. Scores of students have teamed up to walk under the stars in support of the American Cancer Society.
“There’s not a student in our school who doesn’t know someone with cancer,” says Trent Schroeder, FHS junior and co-chair of the event. “Finding a cure is something everyone can get behind and support.”
The FHS Student Council wanted to boost school spirit by rallying students around a common cause. They never expected the outpouring of support they’ve received. From the women’s basketball team to the marching band, the football team to the show choir, student groups are devising strategies for making cash. Thirty teams plan to participate. "Students are really taking this upon their shoulders and coming up with some creative ideas," says Schroeder.
putting together an event of this magnitude requires organization, communication and teamwork. “Kid- engineered” events like these help students learn commitment and responsibility, says Mrs. Dianna Schweinfurth, advisor to the student council.
The Relay for Life will take place at the new Cooper Tire Track and Field Complex at FHS. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 17 and concludes at 10 a.m. on May 18. Live music, comedians, themed laps, fun contests and plenty of food and drinks will keep team members from nodding off during the night.
The Student Council hopes to raise $25,000 or more during the event, says Schroder. “There are cures just waiting to be discovered. We’re putting forth 100 percent effort to help bring us that much closer.”
For more information or to donate to a team, visit www.relayforlife.org/FHS