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Relay for Life a success for Silver Bay students

Tina Goutermont, a sixth-grade teacher; Carl Freund, a secondary English teacher; Jolene Koster, an administrative secretary; and Shawn Bartlette, a paraprofessional wait to be slimed by Silver Bay students. Submitted photo

For the second year, 12 members of the William Kelley National Honor Society planned a very successful "mini" Relay For Life in March. "The members not only inspired, motivated, and organized this big event for their fellow students, but they were also touched by the gracious generosity of family members and the Silver Bay community," NHS secretary Jessica Solberg said.

The students made it a fun week by planning presentations, lessons and activities used to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

This year's theme was "Be a Survivor." On Monday and Tuesday students learned about cancer prevention and early detection. On Wednesday, Troy Paulseth and three fifth-grade girls led the student body through some simple exercises to start the day. In addition, Lisa Cavallin, who is the Statewide Health Improvement Program coordinator for Lake County, shared some advice on simple exercises to calm and relax the brain, as well as tips to keep healthy.

Thursday, the student body was lead to the auditorium where they learned about making healthy food choices and the importance of the Relay for Life. Rick Frericks shared his personal experience with cancer.

"His story was very moving and touched the whole audience," Solberg said. "It helped all of us to see how real and frightening cancer really can be."

Following the program, there was a dodgeball tournament with 12 teams: three teacher teams and nine student teams. That evening, students prepared a dinner for the community before the end of the tournament. Nearly 200 people came for some chili and a baked potato.

Students showed their support by buying bandanas color coordinated to show support in fighting against different kinds of cancer. The students could also purchase "Live Strong" bracelets or place donations into a fund to "slime" a teacher. Participating staff and teachers had a jar. Those with the highest amount of money in their jar by Friday would be victims of the slime.

On Friday, the top four teachers in danger of being slimed were called forward. There was a large amount of donations from the students. Carl Freund was the "lucky" teacher to be slimed, raising more than $300.

"With all the support from this small town, with big town pride, we were able to raise about $2,300 for the American Cancer Society this year," Solberg said. It was $1000 more than last year.

National Honor Society students include Carrie Smedstad, Sonja Smerud, Jessica Solberg, Tiroshah Oltman, Maggie Skalsky, Nikki Babbitt, Annelyse Harrison, Jessalyn Rowlee, Ryan Blood, Kirstin Sandstrom, Nikki Mealey and Sarah Anderson.

"Thank you, for your hours of hard work," Solberg said. "Thank you for giving your hearts. Thank you for memories that will last us another year."

NHS members said that without the excitement of the students and support and enthusiasm from the staff, the event would not have been a success.

Two Harbors Relay

The Two Harbors High School National Honor Society will also host a Relay For Life fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. The entire community is invited to participate April 26.

An opening ceremony begins at 9 a.m. in the school auditorium. Organizers are still looking for a cancer survivor to speak to students and community members.

All students, faculty and staff have been invited to form a team of six to 10 people. Teams will be selling luminaries to be used at the relay. Once on a team, they will receive five luminaries to sell for $5 each. Selling all the luminaries is rewarded with a free T-shirt.

Each classroom will also receive a purple bucket to begin a "penny war" collection among classes. Each penny is worth one point and silver coins or bills deduct points (a dime would deduct 10 points). The strategy is drop pennies in your own bucket and silver bills in other buckets. The homeroom or advisory classes with the most points will receive a prize and all money goes to the cause.

During lunch at the school, community members will be hosting a bake sale and a bucket drawing.

The relay teams are also invited to play in a dodge-ball tournament at 5 p.m.

The relay team that raises the most money and the team that wins the dodge ball tournament will win prizes.