Middleton Elementary Relay for Life
For several years Middleton Elementary School has celebrated and honored those that have had or currently have cancer. This year was no different. Prior to the official kickoff there was a speech contest and a poster contest. Ella Willis won the speech contest. She read it at the kickoff. Poster winners were: First place, Maddie Willis; second place, Aaron Bryant; third place, Katie Bryant; and honorable mention, Caleb Vickers. All the posters were displayed at the kickoff.
Friday, Feb. 19, was the kickoff to a week-long celebration. Students and staff brought in names of family or acquaintances that they knew had cancer. Those names were posted in the hallway. They also brought pictures of loved ones who have had cancer. These pictures were made into a video, which was shown at the kickoff.
Regional and local representatives from Relay for Life were on hand and spoke to the students. Our own Sharon Bishop addressed the group about how the money that was donated to Relay for Life helped her in her struggle with cancer. Members of the families of former MES staff were also present and recognized. Craig Harris, Middleton High School football coach, brought some of his football players and they inspired the students to get involved.
Each day students brought change to donate. There was a little friendly competition between the boys and girls. At the end of the week, students had brought in $2,000. Parents, staff, and students were also allowed to purchase t-shirts which netted a profit of $1,489. Together MES raised $3,489.00 for Relay for Life.