This Friday, more than 600 area students in third- through sixth-grade will participate in the seventh annual Jordan Scheer Children’s Relay for Life.
The event, which is organized by the Washington High School leadership class, is held each year to celebrate and remember Jordan Scheer, a WHS graduate, who lost his battle to cancer shortly his graduation in 2005.
Washington High School Student Council also will help with the event.
Proceeds will go to the Franklin County Relay for Life and benefit the American Cancer Society.
Registration will begin Friday at 3:30 p.m. The event will end at 7:30 p.m.
“The leadership class is very excited,” said Annie Rehling, one of the chairs of the event. “We are worried about the weather — it seems that we may have rain on our hands.”
In case of rain the event will be moved indoors.
“The only downside to having it inside (in the gym) is that it gets insanely hot,” Rehling said. “This doesn’t faze the children at all because they are too busy having fun. The adults get a little hot, but we will power through.”
This year’s theme is barnyard and the slogan is “Welcome to the Farm, It’s the Place to Be. We Want to Round Up Cancer, to Have a Better World for You and Me!”
To incorporate the theme, this year’s relay will have a petting zoo manned by the school’s FFA.
The children’s relay broke the cumulative $100,000 mark last year and raised more than $120,000 since the relay’s inception.
Last year, a little over $25,000 was raised. This year, organizers and students hope to match that amount.
This year, 15 elementary schools are participating in the event including Augusta, Campbellton, Clearview, Fifth Street, Labadie, Marthasville, South Point, Washington West, Beaufort, Clark-Vitt, Immanuel Lutheran, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. Gertrude, St. John the Baptist-Gildehaus and St. Vincent.
For the past several weeks, students have been working to raise money for the relay by purchasing hope chains for 10 cents each, luminaria bags for 25 cents each or through pledges. The hope chains and luminaria bags will be displayed the night of the relay.
“The committees are wrapping up nicely,” Rehling said. “We just picked up luminaria bags, chains and donations from the majority of the elementary schools. There are lots and lots of chains on our hands now, which is a great thing.”
Individual schools also have planned fundraisers to help raise money. The school that raises the most money will be recognized during the closing ceremony.
The leadership class teachers and Student Council advisers are Cathy Jinkerson and Julie Weindel.