When Adairville School was challenged by area American Cancer Society Relay for Life to see how much money the school could raise for the annual national fundraising campaign to fight cancer, everyone knew that Karen McGee, an instructional aide at Adairville, was just the person to lead the way.
What ensued was a week of events at Adairville School that allowed students and staff to show just what a giving community Adairville truly is. When the week-long celebration of awareness and honoring of the fight against cancer concluded, the school had raised $1300 for the American Cancer Society. School Coordinator Mrs. McGee stated, “I could not be more proud of our school and community. The outpouring of giving was a humbling reminder of how wonderful a place this is.”
The goal for this year’s Relay for Life was to raise awareness of the fight against cancer as well as allow schools to use their substantial influence to get the area communities of Logan Co. involved in the efforts to raise both funds and activism. Principal Rice, commenting on the week’s events stated, “The importance of these efforts cannot be denied. We almost all know someone who has been affected directly or indirectly by cancer and efforts like these allow us all to give back in a small way while empowering our students to play an important role in the effort.”
At Adairville, Mrs. McGee and the school took to heart the challenge to do what can be done, and filled the week of March 28th through April 1st with events that allowed students to contribute small donations that built up to the school’s tremendous final total. Each day was designated for some form of a “pay-a-dollar” event. The week kicked off with students being allowed to wear a hat on Monday, then sunglasses on Tuesday. On Wednesday, students brought in loose change. Thursday got everyone involved with face painting. Then on Friday, the grand finale featured an opportunity to Duct-tape Assistant Principal Ben Bruni to the wall in the gymnasium where he hung suspended in the air when they removed the crates from beneath his feet.
The effort wasn’t just by the kids though. Teachers and staff at Adairville jumped in on the fundraising and contributed a dollar a day for the right to wear jeans. The Russellville Sonic Drive-in kicked in and donated slushes to the class that raised the most overall money for the efforts. Mrs. Nicole Robinson’s 3rd grade class took the overall prize and raised an astounding $200 by themselves! Other winners were Mrs. Jennifer Jenkin’s class, who won cake-pops for being the top Middle School fundraisers, and Mrs. Kris Potter’s 1st grade class, who earned themselves some extra recess time as well as ice pops for being the top K-2 fundraisers.
In the end though, the real winner was the school as a whole. In a week’s time, students and staff came together to rally towards a common cause; to aid in the support of the American Cancer Society’s efforts. Students, faculty, staff, parents and the community, all chipped in to make the event the success it was.
The fundraising will continue with a Relay for Life to be held at the Logan Co. Agricultural Arena on April 30th from 6pm to midnight.