SV students raise #036;15,200 for ACS

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 3, 2006

AID TOWNSHIP — The students at Symmes Valley Elementary School have done numerous community service projects, but the most recent one has proven to be the most profitable.

Students raised $15,200 Tuesday during the school’s annual

“Walk for a Cure” to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life May 5 and 6 at Fairland High School.

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School principal Bob Harris said the event was very personal to students, the teachers, parents and others in the Symmes Valley community.

“The teachers spent a lot of time organizing it. The spent hours, working to get it together,” Harris said. “It was something that so many of them had had personal experience with, so we really had a lot of support.”

More than 400 students participated in the event, as the daylong event included the survivor’s lap, which featured several parents, grandparents, friends of the school and a teacher who have battled cancer.

Harris said the teachers’ team at the school will participate in the Relay for Life. The homeroom that raised the most money will also participate at the event.

The walk was not the only recent event aimed at raising funds for a worthy cause.

The school also had a math-a-thon this month for the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders that raised about $5,700 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Harris said, “These kinds of events really allow us to help others and teach them the importance of being involved in the community.”