Planning is on track for the eighth annual Jordan Scheer Memorial Children’s Relay for Life, which is set for Friday, April 26, at the Washington High School track.

This year, Student Council and Leadership class members have been extra busy, with planning the Missouri Association of Student Councils State Convention, which was held in March, a blood drive and Mr. WHS, which is just around the corner.

“With hosting state this year, planning was set back but we are working diligently to make up lost time to make the Relay a success once again,” said Luke Hasenjaeger, event chair.

Each year, the high school leadership class and Student Council work together to raise money for the American Cancer Society and awareness about cancer. The Relay is named in honor of Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate who lost his battle to cancer shortly after his graduation in 2005.

“I think almost all kids have had someone they know who has been affected by cancer, so that makes them realize they want to make a difference,” Cathy Jinkerson, Student Council co-adviser, said.

This year, about 600 students from 14 schools are expected to attend the Relay.

“We are excited to see all the kids come together and get excited for such a great cause,” said Michaela Edmond, a senior chair. “This year’s theme is disco. We are all very eager to dance the night away with all the kids.”

Elementary schools participating include Augusta, Beaufort, Campbellton, Clearview, Fifth Street, Immanuel Lutheran, Labadie, Marthasville, Our Lady of Lourdes, South Point, St. John the Baptist-Gildehaus, St. Gertrude, St. Vincent de Paul and Washington West.

“I’m most excited to see the group of high school Student Council kids work together as a team to help not only our school but the community. I’m also excited for the younger students to see them as positive role models,” Jinkerson said.

High School students are working on fund-raising, putting the program together, decorations and judging poster and essay contest entries.

“We are working on the fundamentals that make relay happen,” said Lea Bierbaum, Relay chair.

Students participating in the Relay continue to work on fund-raising. 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.

“The kids are really creative and coming up with extra ideas of how to raise money. For example, some schools have put together chili cook-offs and bake sales,” said Blake Straatmann, junior Relay chair.

Junior and senior chairs of the event thanked the community for its generosity in donating funds, trinkets and other items, as well as for volunteering to make the event a reality.

Over the past seven years, the Children’s Relay has raised more than $140,000 toward cancer research.

Small donations of items like sunscreen, sample size toothpase and other healthy items to pass out to children are still being accepted.

“The kids really enjoy the trinkets,” Jinkerson said.

Those who would like to donate may contact Jinkerson, 636-231-2200, extension 9978.