FOREST CITY | The Forest City Middle School Rainbow Run and Tot Trot on May 5 raised $1,770 for Winnebago County Relay for Life.
This is the eighth year the middle school has done fundraising for Relay for Life, which raises money for the American Cancer Society.
"It has definitely evolved over the years," said Kari Olson, special education teacher at FCMS.
From the beginning the school has had the Penny Wars, in which the classes compete to see who can donate the most pennies, as well as various dress up days.
"A few years ago we added a middle school dance where we display luminaries decorated by students and staff," Olson said.
This year Cabin Coffee sold frappes at the event, which was a big hit, according to Olson.
The Rainbow Run was added four years ago, which escalated the fundraising.
The Rainbow Run is a two-mile run/walk that begins and ends at the middle school.
The Tot Trot is for kids from preschool age through second grade.
Over the course of eight years the school has raised well over $20,000 for Relay for Life. Since 2014 FCMS have raised more than $4,000 each year.
"This has become our strongest community service project at FCMS," Olson said "It is so rewarding to see kids actively participating in this."
Classroom activities during the week focus on cancer prevention.
"Not only our we raising money for a worthy cause, but we also take the time during the week to educate students on the dangers of using tobacco products, the importance of sun safety including using sunscreen, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle," she said.