The Harbor’s first “Relay Recess” will be this Wednesday at the Wishkah Valley school.
The event, organized by the American Cancer Society, is similar to the popular Relay for Life events but for schools, according to Tove Reibel, a 4th-grade teacher and the Wishkah Valley National Honor Society leader; the group is in charge of the event. They have already raised $1,000 and are still working to raise more before the events next week. The relay will feature such events as obstacle course, Frisbee golf and a ping-pong tournament. Activities begin at 1 p.m with an opening ceremony and will end with a closing ceremony at 3 p.m.
“We’re starting smaller so we know what we’re doing,” said Reibel, adding they hope to expand the event in the future. In addition to the physical activities that will occur Wednesday as a culminating project for the forum, the group worked for the past couple of weeks with Wishkah elementary students in reviewing educational material regarding cancer prevention and awareness.
“We looked at how healthy foods make you a stronger, better person,” said Reibel. They also looked at sun safety—including sunscreen and other prevention measures—as well as physical activity/nutrition information and smoking and tobacco prevention.
American Cancer Society corporation members are going to survey this event to see how it may work around the rest of Grays Harbor, said Reibel. Cancer survivors will be in attendance at the relay, and anyone who is a survivor and would like to attend should contact Reibel for further information. All proceeds for the event will be recorded under the Wishkah Valley National Honor Society relay for life team.