VERONA — Congratulations to the J.D. George Elementary School for its energy and enthusiasm in sponsoring tts 10th annual Mini Relay for Life, hosting nearly 60 cancer survivors in the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill school district community. The event was started by teacher Eileen Bleaking in honor of her mother, the VVS district said.
Students rolled up their sleeves and created lawn signs, luminaries, banners, and participated in fundraisers and activities.
“Students were here at 6:30 to set up by choice and because of their excitement for the event,” said teacher Stacy Blodgett. “The event is so uplifting and brings the community together. It sends a message to the kids that hope and a positive attitude can get you through the toughest times.”
Students also sang songs to honor those fighting cancer. In honor of those who lost their battle to the disease, students and staff wrote messages to loved ones on balloons, and held a Memory Balloon Launch led by J.D. George school student Aubrey Zabele who lost her brother Riley to cancer last year.
We certainly agree with the school district’s applause for faculty, staff, and students at J.D. George “who worked so hard to create a memorable event and make an outstanding contribution to finding a cure for cancer.”