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HES students fight the good fight against cancer

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By The Staff

Students at Hodgenville Elementary School joined the battle against cancer last week as they held a Mini-Relay at the school. This was the second Mini Relay the school has hosted and it is growing each year. The Mini Relay was combined with field day to make a fun-filled day in the sun as a celebration of the hard work students and staff have done all year in raising money to fight cancer. This year the school went beyond the amount they raised last year to a whopping $7,588.81.

As in the tradition of the regular Relay for Life, the school had an opening ceremony hosted by Principal Penny Cecil, a survivor lap with Ashley Long as Relay Royalty 2010 riding in a convertible provided by Jim Bob Wright, and a closing ceremony with the macarena being led by Ethan and Isaac Johnson and the drawing for a quilt donated by Ryan Ford’s mom. Melvin Bell was the lucky winner. The students walked at 30-minute intervals as others were participating in a water safety presentation by game warden Brandon Boone, sack races, softball throws, bouncy houses, Frisbee throws, and races. Ribbons and trophies were provided by PTSO. 

The school is already starting to plan for the event next year and look forward to gaining more support from the community next year. Walkers, survivors and volunteers will be needed for next year, not only at the Mini Relay, but throughout the year at activities that the students participate in or sell that help support the Mini Relay. The students at HES are definitely learning that ‘Someone can’t do everything, but everyone can do something’ in the fight against cancer.