Students from Head Start to eighth grade competed in wheel barrel racing, three-legged races, football toss, sack racing, an egg carry, medicine ball throw and many other activities. Seventh- and eighth-grade math teacher Kim Wilson, who is also a sponsor of the school’s Beta Club, said the Relay For Life of Walker-Jasper contacted her at the beginning of the school year and asked if she and her students would be interested in participating in the school-related event.
“I thought it was a great way for our Beta Club to do some community service and show our kids at Lupton that they’re never too young to support a cause,” Wilson said. “It is an official Relay program that they’re promoting, so it’s for kids to be active and promote fundraising for cancer research and awareness.”
Wilson said she and the other two club sponsors, junior high teachers Candice Alexander and Megan Bolton, sent flyers home with students that asked if the kids would like to have sponsors back them in the activities they completed Friday or if they would like to give a donation toward the American Cancer Society.
“I think the activities we have planned for today really show kids that they can get out and be active without any gimmicks or materials. We use mainly our bodies to be active the entire day, like wheel barrel racing only requires them moving and a sack, a football, etc., so minimal materials in order to stay active,” Wilson said. “I think that’s one of the most important things about putting on this Field Day Relay.”
Activities were moved to the school’s old gym because of the rain Friday. Wilson said they were scheduled to hold a balloon release as well “to honor and to remember those who have battled cancer,” but she said they postponed it until Tuesday when the weather is forecasted to be nicer.
“It is our inaugural year, but it’s been really fun and I hope we will continue it,” Wilson said.
Students displayed their coordination skills as they competed in a three-legged race and laughed as they pushed their teammate in a wheel barrel race across the wooden gym floor. Assistant principal Chris Mc-Keever said events like Friday allow students a chance to help others in ways they may never dream of.
“I think it’s important that the kids are aware of things outside of their normal area here. They need to be taking a vested interest in things going on around them and with this particular event, it affords them the opportunity to give back and to be a part of something bigger than themselves,” Mc-Keever said. “They are able to realize that there are people that are affected by things that they need to be helped with. This is just one of the many things we do.”