Carroll students and staff are collecting canned goods to be used during Friday’s Relay For Life Luminaria ceremony and then donated to a local food bank. School officials say they hope to collect as many as 5,000 cans of food to weight down the decorated luminaria bags for the 10 p.m. ceremony Friday.
The somber, but memorable event is part of the overnight American Cancer Society fundraiser Relay For Life. Although the bags used for the candlelight ceremony are typically weighted down by sand, students in the Friends of Rachel Clubs in Carroll ISD decided to collect canned goods to weight down the bags. Each bag sells for $10 and is decorated in memory or honor of those friends and family members diagnosed with cancer. Bagpiper Larry Fowler will play Amazing Grace as all fundraising team participants walk a silent lap in memory and honor of their loved ones.
School counselor Tracey Flores is Chairman of this year’s Relay For Life event. She said more than 3,000 cans of food were donated to local charities last year by CISD staff, students and their families.
Cans may be dropped off in the school office and volunteers will be picking them up on Thursday morning. Please send canned food items with your child to school next week and drop the cans off in the office before Thursday. Lighted green sticks are used in the bags to help ensure a safe ceremony.
Relay For Life begins at 5 p.m. Friday with entertainment, game booths and food. Rachel’s Rally begins at 6 p.m. with the opening ceremonies for Relay For Life at 7 p.m. This opening ceremony features more than 100 cancer survivors in a victory lap around Carroll High School.
Shuttle buses will begin running from remote parking areas at 4:30 p.m. You can park and ride at the Dawson/Eubanks campus (load/unload in the front of the building); Dragon Stadium (load/unload in front of the home ticket window); White’s Chapel Methodist Church (load/unload in the east, back lot); and Bicentennial Park (load/unload at The Lodge).
Shuttles will run every 15-20 minutes to these four remote parking areas up until 11 p.m. Friday evening. Final shuttle bus runs will occur Saturday morning to take Relay participants back to their cars.