The Midlakes chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society hosted a luminary ceremony at the elementary school on August 19 to raise money for the American Cancer Society during its Geneva Relay for Life.
Students placed 300 luminaries celebrating local cancer survivors and remembering loved ones and friends affected by cancer. Approximately 60 vehicles came out for the event.
"We get to honor them and pay tribute to them and show everyone how important it is to raise money for cancer," said Cameron Mattoon, who is entering seventh grade and helped with the ceremony. "So many people can relate to this."
Sixteen students participated in the event, which helped push NEHS’s total donations for the local Relay for Life to $4,000 despite several restrictions put in place due to COVID-19. Last year NEHS raised about $7,400 to earn a Platinum Award for its efforts.
"We have chosen to be a part of these relays because of the opportunity for community involvement and service," said Heather Bradley, an advisor of NEHS with Erin Altman. "The Midlakes NEHS has earned a wonderful reputation over the years with other teams, and also being the only team of minors has represented our Midlakes schools well and made our community proud."
The following students participated in the event: Wynnie Archer, Brooke Faust, Claire Givens, Stuart Quku, Pippa Davis, Mattea Brodman, Jamie Lawson, Eden Trzeciak, Isabella Schutt, Maya Stevenson, Jake Middlebrook, Carter Casper, Olivia St. Pierre, Lexi Murphy, Ali Galligher, Camryn Mattoon