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Oneida students join fight against cancer

Students are joining in the fight against cancer by raising money and participating in activities at their schools to benefit the Relay For Life of Oneida Area.

Oneida area students are holding "Mini-Relay" events, which is an abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society's national signature activity, Relay For Life.

Students at Seneca Street and Durhamville Elementary Schools are holding events and collecting donations throughout the next month leading up to the Oneida Relay.

"It's a great opportunity for the students to make an impact in the community as well as become knowledgeable about cancer, said Kathleen Dorman, Durhamville teacher and the "Mini-Relay" coordinator. The students feel good about themselves knowing they are doing something to help others."

Durhamville Elementary School is holding their Mini-Relay Friday May 30 in the morning.

Julie Valesky and Jennifer Armlin have been working to create a full day of activities for their Mini-Relay at Seneca Street Elementary School Friday June 13.

Valesky is excited for the upcoming event.

"The children may not fully understand how horrible cancer is and they may not remember how much money was raised for research, but they will remember this event, and that they helped someone, Valesky said. They helped people that they have never even met. They will remember what they felt in their hearts, and that feeling was compassion."

The "Mini-Relay" events will include opening remarks, classes walking themed laps around their track," local guest speakers, and closing ceremonies. The schools have also developed creative ways for the students to raise money such as flip-flop and hat days as well as selling T-shirts and luminary bags.

All money raised by the students will be donated to the Relay For Life of Oneida Area, which will take place at the Oneida High School starting at 2 p.m. Saturday June 14.

"This provides a great opportunity for our young students to get involved by raising money through Mini-Relay and work together for a common interest while reaching out and supporting fellow classmates who may have been deeply affected by cancer," Armlin said.

For more information about Relay For Life visit relayforlife.org.

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