Manistee Middle/High School students hold mini Relay for Life

MANISTEE — Sunshine and warm temperatures made a perfect setting on Wednesday for the annual Manistee Middle/High School Mini Relay for Life.

The Manistee Middle/High School students took part in a mini Relay for Life on Wednesday at the school track to raise funds for the fight against cancer. One of the things the students did was show their support by walking laps around the track.

The Manistee Middle/High School students took part in a mini Relay for Life on Wednesday at the school track to raise funds for the fight against cancer. One of the things the students did was show their support by walking laps around the track.

Students took part in a variety of activities at the new community track to help raise funds for the fight against cancer. The annual event was once again put on by the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) group at the Manistee Middle/High School.

SADD adviser Cassie Miller said holding the event at the new track opened up new opportunities for activities.

“We had to make the event more track friendly this year and the kids were creative in coming up with ideas,” said Miller. “We actually partnered with the Armory Youth Center which is becoming quite a powerful organization in our community. They gave us rocks to do rock painting, and we are going to make that into a separate activity in the future to raise money.”

Miller said instead of chalk drawings this year students put styrofoam cups in the fence that spell out the word “hope.”

“The kids then put the names of loved ones or friends who are fighting cancer on the cups,” she said.

In past years the students would circle the parking lot when they walked, but with the track this year they were able to do laps on it. They also utilized the infield area of the track for things like cornhole, frisbee and other activities.

“What they do is pay for a wristband that gives them the right to play on that infield, so we were able to raise a little money for Relay for Life,” said Miller. “The track was also nicer to walk on for the kids than that asphalt parking lot.”

Miller said there also were treats and other things the students could purchase with all the funds going for the fight against cancer.

“All the money stays right here in Manistee County, and we are proud of it,” said Miller.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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