Gen. Small­wood stu­dents walk, raise money for Re­lay For Life

Games, cot­ton candy, prizes and more

Maryland Independent - - News - By JAMIE AN­FEN­SON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @JamieACIndyNews

Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School found a novel way to raise money for can­cer re­search while also en­cour­ag­ing ex­er­cise and hav­ing fun.

Small­wood stu­dents re­cently do­nated $5 to par­tic­i­pate in a fundraiser Walk-A-Thon, dur­ing which par­tic­i­pants walked four laps — ap­prox­i­mately 1 mile — around the field in front of the school. Each lap was marked off on a card by a staff mem­ber.

When stu­dents had com­pleted their four laps, they qual­i­fied for free cot­ton candy and snow cones out­side the front of the school, which had been trans­formed into a car­ni­val mid­way.

In ad­di­tion, stu­dents could par­tic­i­pate in a num­ber of fun games — in­clud­ing a bean bag toss, hula hoop toss, ring toss and bot­tle flip — for the chance to win a num­ber of prizes.

The event was put to­gether by Small­wood spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion in­struc­tional as­sis­tant, Car­rie Par­ent, the school’s Re­lay for Life co­or­di­na­tor.

Par­ent said the idea was to give stu­dents who could not par­tic­i­pate in the up­com­ing Charles County Re­lay for Life an op­por­tu­nity to help raise money to fight can­cer.

“We fig­ured this is some­thing all grades could par­tic­i­pate in, and I wanted to com­bine it with a car­ni­val, so that the kids could en­joy them­selves a lit­tle bit more than just walk­ing,” Par­ent said.

Small­wood Prin­ci­pal Kathy Kiessling com­mended the stu­dents for tak­ing part in the event.

“They’re get­ting their ex­er­cise and they’re do­ing it for a good cause,” Kiessling said.

Re­lay for Life is an an­nual fundraiser for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, a na­tional non­profit that raises funds for can­cer re­search, can­cer aware­ness and sup­port for in­di­vid­u­als bat­tling can­cer. The Charles County Re­lay takes place be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. June 9 at the Charles County Fair­grounds, 8440 Fair­ground Road, La Plata.

Par­ent said a num­ber of stu­dents have ap­proached her and asked what they can do to help.

“It has re­ally pulled us all in to­gether to re­al­ize what Re­lay for Life is and what we can do to help sup­port it,” Par­ent said. “It’s brought a lot of us to­gether.”

Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School sev­enth grader Christo­pher Ariv­ella takes part in a hula hoop boot toss dur­ing the school’s Walk-A-Thon Fri­day.

In­struc­tional As­sis­tant Brit­ney McCauley, right, as­sists 8th grade stu­dent Mi­randa Wat­son in select­ing a prize at the Egg-cep­tional Prize Ta­ble as part of Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School’s Walk-A-Thon fundraiser.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE AN­FEN­SON-COMEAU

Stu­dents at Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School took part in a WalkA-Thon Fri­day to help raise money and sup­port for the Charles County Re­lay for Life, a fundraiser for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Par­ent vol­un­teer Mark Par­ent and Gen­eral Small­wood Mid­dle School teacher Sa­man­tha Proksch make cot­ton candy for stu­dents at the school’s Walk-A-Thon Fri­day.

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