Relay For Life 2017

by Hvyearbook May. 26, 2017 1250 views
By Claire Auslander and Julianne Santoro

This year, Hillview’s Service Team hosted its third annual Relay For Life benefiting the American Cancer Society. Each year, the event raises more money than the last. In 2015, students raised $22,000. Last year, students were able to raise over $39,000. This year, over 300 students came together, and were able to raise over $65,000, $20,000 over the original goal!

In the weeks leading towards Relay For Life, students planned bake sales, went door-to-door, and asked friends and family for donations. The final event was from nine at night until midnight on May 19, 2017. The event coordinators are so proud of the students and cannot believe all work they have done!

Interviews with the organizers of Relay:

Charea Batiste:

1. Why did you help organize Relay for Life?

I thought it was important to participate because I have lost several grandparents to cancer. I also think it’s important to give back to the community.

2. What is your favorite part of Relay for Life?

I loved seeing students run around the track and showing energy and enthusiasm about a great cause.

3. What challenges did you face while organizing this event?

This is a massive event that requires a lot of attention to detail. Luckily, we had great parent volunteers to help.

4. What did you learn while organizing this event?

Someone can never be too organized when planning for a major event.

Henry Shane:

  1. Why did you help organize Relay for Life?

I helped to organize Relay For Life because I am the student leader of the Hillview service team.

2. What is your favorite part of Relay for Life?

My favorite part of Relay For Life is that I get to raise money for people with cancer who can not afford treatment.

3. What challenges did you face while organizing this event?

The main challenges I faced was organizing locations of meeting at school and outside of school in preparation for the big night.

4. What did you learn while organizing this event?

The big thing I learned during the process of preparing for this event was not to give up if something does not go your way, and also to not procrastinate planning.

Students and Teachers walk around the track. They have worked so hard raising money for this important cause!

Students and Teachers walk around the track. They have worked so hard raising money for this important cause!

Students made Luminarias to show their support for family and friends fighting cancer, to celebrate survivors, and honor those who last their battle.

Students made Luminarias to show their support for family and friends fighting cancer, to celebrate survivors, and honor those who last their battle.

Participants write pledges to not do things that contribute to cancer, such as smoking and using tanning beds and lamps. They also pledged to do things to decrease their cancer risk, like using sunblock when they're in the sun.

Participants write pledges to not do things that contribute to cancer, such as smoking and using tanning beds and lamps. They also pledged to do things to decrease their cancer risk, like using sunblock when they're in the sun.

The event organizers pose for a photo. From left to right, their names are Lynn Auslander, Danielle O'Brien, Charea Batiste, Elizabeth Ouren, Henry Shane, and Gina Parks.

The event organizers pose for a photo. From left to right, their names are Lynn Auslander, Danielle O'Brien, Charea Batiste, Elizabeth Ouren, Henry Shane, and Gina Parks.

The Luminarias line the track where students walk. Candles inside light up the messages and guide students along the track during the night.

The Luminarias line the track where students walk. Candles inside light up the messages and guide students along the track during the night.

Team Glowsticks raised the most money stands for their honorable mention. They raised over $6,000 on their own!

Team Glowsticks raised the most money stands for their honorable mention. They raised over $6,000 on their own!

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