STATE ROAD — Principal Janet Sutphin was proud of the approximately 200 students at Mountain Park Elementary School for raising $669 for Relay for Life this year. For the past four years, the school has held its own Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. Friday was the perfect sunny day for the children to spend extra time outside.
Several parents were present to support the school and their efforts for the American Cancer Society.
Eva Martin, with the aid of fifth-grade daughter Betsy, said she thinks “it’s a very good opportunity to honor those with cancer.”
Diana Coulter, parent of fifth-grader Piper, who has only been a student at Mountain Park Elementary for two years, stated, “I think they did better than they did last year.” Coulter was very satisfied with the efforts of the children and seemed excited for the school.
Also excited was David Bowman of the fifth grade. “I think it’s a great thing we do to raise money for cancer,” said Bowman, who echoed the sentiments of many of the young people.
Most of the children were aware of someone with cancer. Not only is there a teacher’s assistant at the school who is a cancer survivor, but classmate Jasmin Lovaton-Landaverde is a survivor at 7-years old, giving the students encouragement to get involved.
Sutphin said she hopes the school can raise $1,000 for next year’s Relay for Life. To contribute to the Mountain Park Relay for Life campaign, call 336-874-3933.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.