Relaying for a Reason

The Oviedo and Winter Springs Relay for Life will take place April 5-6 starting at 5 p.m. and ending around 10 a.m. This year, the event is being held at Lawton Elementary.
So far, the events has 42 teams and 243 participants. Over $30,000 has also been raised by teams and individuals in the Oviedo and Winter Springs area.
If a student is under 18 and wishes to stay past 11 p.m. that night, they must have a chaperone older than 25 and must sign a Youth Participation Agreement, which can be picked up in Kari Miller’s room (6-117A). Chaperones can be responsible for up to 10 youth members.
The theme this year is Around the World. The school color is also lime green for Leukemia. Events throughout the night will include a scavenger hunt, water balloon volleyball and tug of war. Schoolwide sponsored events, put on by individual clubs such as Beta Club, SGA and Tri-M will include a pancake breakfast, purple tie dye t-shirt sales and a volleyball tournament.
Students can sign up their group of four players for the volleyball tournament by picking up a waiver either during lunch the week of March 31-April 4 or the day of the event. To sign a team up is $12 and individual sign up is $6.
Relay events include opening ceremony, a high energy start for the night at 5 p.m., several other themed laps and the Luminaire Ceremony. Relay For Life participants and donors remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaries. These paper bags contain candles which are transformed and illuminated after dark at every Relay For Life event.
“I am looking forward to the good food and hanging out with friends remembering the battle against cancer isn’t over yet,” Sophomore Libby Smith, a school committee member said.