The Forest City Middle School held their Relay for Life Opening Ceremony in the middle school gym Friday morning.

The ceremony started with Principal Zach Dillavou stating why they were holding the Mini Relay for Life, including the three goals of the event: to educate students to take care of themselves and their bodies, to raise money for cancer research and to have fun and help the community.

After Dillavou finished his opening remarks, he turned the microphone over to the twelve students standing on the gym floor, who then gave background information on cancer and information on the various events that will take place to raise money.

“[A Mini Relay] is designed as a shorter event just for schools,” eighth-grader Cooper Littrell said. “This is designed to provide schools with the opportunity to bring together students, faculty and parents in active character-building community service and leadership experience that honors and remembers cancer survivors.”

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Steve Lovik, American Cancer Society senior community development manager of the north region, also spoke on the effect the middle school’s fundraising efforts have.

“You are known throughout the state of Iowa as the leading middle school – and even leading school, whether it’s middle school or high school – in the fight against cancer because you do so many things to help teach yourselves about cancer and help to fight back against cancer by raising research funds,” he said.

In addition to the Mini Relay fundraising, the school will also be holding fundraising days such as Disney Day and I Woke Up Like This Wednesday. There will also be class penny wars, which the sixth graders won last year, and teacher pie-in-the-face penny wars.

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