With rain in the forecast For Friday, organizers of the eighth annual Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life at Washington High School are crossing their fingers that weather will cooperate.
“Last year (the relay) was inside, so I’m really, really hoping for the kids that it is outside,” said Lea Bierbaum, one of the senior chairs for the event. “Like every year we have to be prepared for indoor and outdoor events.”
Bierbaum said the final decision on whether the event will be moved indoors will be made Thursday night or Friday morning, so Student Council and Leadership students have time to prepare.
The children’s relay is expected to bring 600 third- through sixth-grade students from 14 schools to WHS.
The event is held to raise money for the American Cancer Society and awareness about cancer, as well as to honor Jordan Scheer — a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.
As in years past, registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. The event will run through 7:30 p.m.
The theme is “Let’s Dance the Night Away. Let’s Find a Cure Today. Let’s All Come Together and Do It the Disco Way!”
The fund-raising goal is $24,000. Last year, students raised about $22,000.
Students can raise money for the relay by purchasing hope chains for 10 cents, luminaria bags for 25 cents or through pledge sheets. Hope chains and luminaria bags will be displayed the night of the relay.
Individual schools also have been holding fund-raisers to help raise money. The school that raises the most money will be recognized during the closing ceremony.
Students are busily working on last-minute details such as collecting the hope chains and collecting funds.
“I’m more then excited for Friday,” Bierbaum said. “I’m most excited about the kids and their joy. Every year the kids get excited for this event because they get to meet and hang out with kids from different schools, and it’s the last big event of the school year.”
All proceeds from the relay will be donated to the Franklin County Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society.