Assumption School to Hold Relay Recess April 20
The all-day event is part of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
Assumption hosts the Relay Recess on Friday, April 20 from noon-8 p.m., Assumption announced on Monday. Relay Recess is an abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and is open to the community. It raises funds for the American Cancer Society, and provides cancer prevention and educational information, Assumption said in a release.
“It’s a great opportunity for the students to make an impact in the community as well as become knowledgeable about cancer” Assumption Regional Catholic School Principal Mary Ellen Schurtz, said in a release. “Many of our students have been touched by cancer in some way. Therefore, our students feel good about themselves knowing they are doing something to help others.”
It's the first time Assumption will hold the event, and the idea originated with Lisa Colangelo, a kindergarten teacher at the school, according to Assumption Regional Catholic School Advancement Director Cathryn Flammer.
"Last year, a mom from her class lost her battle to cancer," Flammer said in an email. "The families really came together and formed a very unique bond. The class is still very close and developed a tight bond with the teacher."
She went on to say that the teacher had participated in a Relay for Life in North Jersey, which served as her inspiration for bringing it to the southern portion of the state.
"She approached our principal," about gathering information, Flammer said. "That's how it got started."
Radio Station Lite Rock 96.9 will host a live remote from noon- 2 p.m., and a local DJ will be on hand from 2-8 p.m.
Miss Atlantic County Cierra Kaler-Jones, of Galloway, will also be on hand, as will a number of local Food Vendors. There will also be games and activities.
Opening and closing ceremonies will include special recognition of loved ones who are battling, survivors or those who have lost the battle with cancer.
A wrapup after party will be hosted by Yogo Factory.