Schools raise money for cancer

Staff Writer
Geneseo Republic

Students and staff at both Orion High School and Orion Middle School are devoting the last two weeks of May to raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

OHS kicked off the fundraising drive with an assembly on Friday, May 16.

For the donut-eating contest on Wednesday, May 21, students had to pay $1 admission.

On Thursday, May 29, the last full day of school, OHS will have a walk in the afternoon. The public is invited to join in.

In between the kick-off assembly and the walk, students will have several opportunities to donate a dollar to the cause.

On Monday, May 19, they were able to buy cookies during study hall.

The next day, a dollar will let them wear a cap during first period.

On Thursday, May 22, students paying a dollar will be allowed to drink pop during ninth period.

A day later, students parting with a dollar will be allowed to use an MP3 player in study hall.

Final exams will be on Tuesday, May 27, and Wednesday, May 28. Students will be able to buy breakfast for a dollar before school.

Anyone wishing to donate to Relay for Life may bring money to the school or contact teacher Becky Nightingale.

OMS began the fundraiser on Tuesday, May 13. On certain days, students will be allowed to pay a dollar to avoid having to wear uniforms in physical education classes.

Some teachers will be allowing students to pay a dollar to get out of a spelling test or a pop quiz.

A dollar will allow students to wear pajamas, or to chew gum in class, or to bring a snack or an MP3 player to study hall.

Another dollar will allow students to wear hats or Hawaiian attire to school.

Principal Gary Heard has agreed to allow students to use duct tape to fasten him to a wall. He will be charging $3 a person.

Students also will pay $1 to vote for the cutest baby picture of a faculty member. The winner will have to wear a bib and pacifier for the day.

Another dollar will buy an entry in a drawing for a chance to throw a pie in a teacher’s face.

At both schools, students and staff will be able to buy a cutout sun or moon to honor a loved one who had cancer.