OJR Students, Staff Gear up for Relay
As a whole, the Owen J. Roberts High School student body is very serious about joining the fight against cancer and there are many high school students organized into Relay for Life teams. One large team, Swim for a Cure, will draw about 50 student campers and host a midnight pancake breakfast under the tent. Students are doing everything from embroidering pocket t-shirts to organizing teams of walkers who will keep the chain of life going around the track all night.
MRS. FIDDLESTICKS WEARS A HAT
Prevention, empathy, and how illness can be random were all discussed in a school-wide assembly at North Coventry Elementary School where students and staff have been actively engaged in the fight against cancer. One team, North Coventry Cancer Busters, celebrated their 16th year of involvement with Relay for Life and another year of stretching for and hitting a goal ($5,000 this year).
A teacher dressed as an Asparagus Super Hero high-fived students as they entered the assembly—a reminder to keep trying vegetables with cancer-fighting properties. During the assembly, students learned that they were part of 11,000 students in 36 schools in our region who were celebrating Relay Recess as part of Pottstown Relay for Life. Throughout the year, North Coventry Elementary students took part in preventative activities including Cooking for Real Kids—an after school program where 5th and 6th grade students learned to make their own whole food snacks. All students participated in Tasty Tuesdays and had the opportunity to be part of a walking club and yoga for kids.
An area resident, Mr. Jim Miller, who had donated copies of Mrs. Fiddlesticks Wears a Hat by his sister, Becca DesJardin, illustrated by Beth Owermohle, shared how his sister got the idea for the book. Students learned that cancer treatment affects hair cells. Students listened attentively to a teacher narrate the story and also go to learn about how the author, a teacher, saw an important issue and put her feelings to paper.
Students had all colored their own sun visors and wore the hats to practice sun safety AND to honor people who have been affected by cancer!
Two staff member cancer survivors were celebrated with a walk around the school track.