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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:54 PM

BY STEPHANIE GROVES

Staff Writer

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DELPHOS — This is the 10th year Franklin, Landeck and St. John’s kindergarten through eighth-grade students are joining forces to “Relay For Life.”

This Friday, starting at 9 a.m., the event kicks off with an opening ceremony in Franklin’s gymnasium where students from Franklin and Landeck schools will be performing the “Purple Glove Dance.” The dance is set to the music of the Black Eyed Peas’ song “I Gotta Feeling.” They will have an encore performance at St. John’s in the All Saints Building during the closing ceremony at 1:30 p.m..

 

Volunteers for the community-wide event include parents, grandparents and students from both schools.

 

Franklin first-grade teacher Joyce Wiechart said parents love to come and spend the day with their kids and assist with the activities.

After the opening ceremonies, the students will begin walking to and from Franklin and St. John’s schools. After reaching the schools, students will attend presentations related to health and play games set up on playgrounds.

St. John’s second-grade teacher Kathy Holdgreve described the activities slated for the day.

“The students will have a set schedule where each class will rotate every one-half hour through the walk, games and speakers,” Holdgreve said.

After arriving at the school, each student will have the opportunity to play games and win prizes playing basketball, Plinko, ring-toss, doing face painting and running in relay races.

Eighth-graders have volunteered to run games for the kids on the playground. Junior and senior high students from St. John’s will be helping with the relay races.

“We have inflatables that will be delivered and set up for the kids to jump in,” Holdgreve said. “Any money raised from the games go to the Cancer Society.”

School nurses Stacey Ricker and Jean Gemmer worked diligently to arrange the speakers for the day.

Wiechart said that close to 20 presenters will be speaking to the kids about age-appropriate, health-related topics, including fitness, different cancers, diet, exercise, healthy living and music therapy.

“Each student will see two or three presenters per day, which will be held in both schools,” Wiechart said.

“It’s been a really good experience,” Holdgreve stated. “The kids are more aware of good health practices to help prevent cancer and other diseases.”

Last Updated on Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:01 AM
 

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