MOULTRIE — R.B. Wright Elementary School honored those who have battled cancer during its mini-Relay for Life Thursday morning.

Team captain Stacey Brightwell said students raised $3,011 to go toward the school’s contribution to the Colquitt County Relay for Life. Students were treated to a variety of Relay for Life-themed activities to celebrate their accomplishments.

Students walked around a luminary-laid oval track, and Brightwell said the students also could play in an inflatable jumper and drink lemonade.

Physical education teacher Holly Lewis led an outdoor assembly. Two candles were lit, one to honor cancer survivors and one in memory of cancer victims, and Lewis read the names of those with ties to R.B. Wright, such as students’ relatives. Prior to the roll call, Assistant Principal Brad Gregory read “Alex and the Amazing Lemonade Stand,” a book about a child’s efforts to raise money to help sick children.

Lewis then read off the names of R.B. Wright faculty who have survived cancer and presented each one with a bouquet. Faculty members honored were Gregory, third grade teacher Patricia Akin, secretary Pat Smith, paraprofessional Faye Sommer, fifth grade teacher Cheryl Lawson and cafeteria employee Robbye Hodges.

A hairdresser cut eight inches of hair from school secretary Sally Tucker’s head to donate to Locks of Love, which makes wigs for those who have lost their hair to the chemotherapy that fights cancer. Tucker made the donation in memory of her mother and in honor of her sister-in-law, Renee Tucker, who is battling cancer.

As the mini-relay neared its end, cancer survivors walked the Survivor’s Lap around the track. Students were given Relay for Life balloons, which were then released to conclude the assembly. Brightwell said students came out by class and participated in the mini-relay activities throughout the day.

The Colquitt County Relay for Life will start at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Knuck McCrary Park and go until 7 a.m. the following day. Chairperson Alice Griner said the Victory Lap for cancer survivors will follow opening ceremonies at about 7:15 p.m. There will be a lap held for anyone who has lost a child or a parent to cancer, and a lap for those who lost a grandparent or other family member or a friend to cancer following the Victory Lap.

At about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Griner said the luminary service will be held and names read of everyone with a luminary bought in their honor or their memory. Anyone interested in purchasing a luminary for $5, a Flame of Hope for $50 or a torch for $100 can purchase one at Party Expressions. The deadline is April 20, but purchases can be made the night of Relay for Life.

For those willing to stay up until 7 a.m. April 26, Griner said there will be a variety of activities throughout the night. There will be local entertainment, games and contests to keep everyone involved.

Anyone who is interested in forming a team can do so at Commercial Banking Co., Griner said. There is a $100 fee to register, but the fee will be included as money raised by each team. There are currently about 30 teams registered, but Relay’s goal is to have 35 this year. The bank can be contacted at 985-7600.

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