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Hopkins students host mini relay for life event

For several years now, Hopkins teachers and staff have been impressed by students' willingness to 'give back.'

In addition to the fundraising events the school holds every year, students and their families have enthusiastically participated in such programs as Helping Hands, canned food drives, and other benefit events.

So when local Relay for Life coordinator and Hopkins parent Eryn Ross proposed that Hopkins consider holding a new 'Mini-Relay for Life' event designed for kids, principal Laura Shea and vice-principal Leslie Murphy didn't hesitate.

With the assistance of fifth-grade teacher Marika Conrad, the Mini Relay will take place on Friday, May 16.

In the big Relay, teams keep a member circling the track for 24 straight hours.

In the Mini Relay, Hopkins students will each spend two hours on the track, running, walking, and participating in various fun games and activities. Like participants in the big Relay, Hopkins students will collect pledges in support of their efforts, with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Also like the big Relay, there will be other fundraisers that accompany the event. For example, in the week preceding Relay week, all students will be able to 'pay to wear' items that are normally proscribed by the dress code, such as hats and flip-flops.

During Relay week, students and families will be able to send a 'candy-gram' (a Tootsie Pop with an attached message) to other Hopkins students or staff for 25 cents.

And from now until the Relay, students and families can honor or remember a loved one who has struggled with cancer by inscribing their name on a 'sun' or a 'moon' for a donation of $1. All of these funds, like the pledges, will go to the American Cancer Society.

Community volunteer help with this event is welcome. Please contact Marika Conrad at 503-625-8436 for more information.