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Rachel's Rally/ Relay For Life Notebook 2014

Relay2014 (4)Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life is Friday, May 2 at Carroll High School
This is the fifth year Carroll ISD, the American Cancer Society and the Southlake Community have come together to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer. Rachel’s Rally will kick off at 6:30 p.m., followed by Relay opening ceremonies at 7 p.m. on the Carroll High School campus located at 800 White Chapel Boulevard in Southlake. The event will conclude at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. Security and first aid attendants will be on site during this event. Questions? Call 817-949-7080 or email

What is Rachel’s Rally?
Rachel’s Rally is an hour-long celebration to recognize students in grades K-12 who have shown kindness and compassion as part of the Rachel’s Challenge curriculum and program in all Carroll ISD schools. Five years ago, our students decided pick the Relay For Life American Cancer Society fundraiser as their culminating event. Rachel’s Rally kicks off the all-night fundraiser that was started in the Southlake community by our own Dragon students. This year, students have taken a Kindness and Compassion Pledge to be kind online (social media) and in their treatment of others. As a visible sign of their support, students have sold purple ribbons in an effort to Paint the Town Purple. To learn more about Rachel’s Challenge, visit Relay2014 (1)

What Is Relay For Life?
Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that offers everyone an opportunity to participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of family members, friends, coworkers and others join together each year to raise funds for the American Cancer Society and make a difference in their community. In honor of those who battle cancer 24 hours a day, team members typically take turns walking the track throughout the night for 12 hours. For those not walking, there is around-the-clock entertainment and fun to keep everyone busy. From entertainment, food and games to ceremonies and stories of inspiration, there is something for everyone at Relay For Life Southlake.DIS_RelayPurple

Come Join The Crowd at Relay Southlake 2014
Relay For Life Southlake is a family-friendly event for the entire community. The Southlake relay was first organized by students who were members of the Friends of Rachel Clubs in CISD schools. There will be a lot of on-site games, food and fun, so be sure to bring cash/checkbooks with you to Carroll High.

Are You A Cancer Survivor or Caregiver? Be Our Guest!
Are you a cancer survivor or the caregiver of a cancer patient? Then we want to invite you to a special event hosted by Baylor Regional Medical Center, Carroll ISD and the American Cancer Society. We would love to have you register online at and join in our Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m. at Carroll High School on May 2. You will walk as our honored guest in the Relay For Life Survivors’ Lap and then join us as our guest at a dinner in your honor. There will be door prizes, free t-shirts, dinner from Blue Mesa and fellowship with other cancer survivors. To learn more, email Paige Buck at

Volunteer Opportunities Abound
We also need event volunteers covering various duties such as parking lot attendance, booth assistants, site clean-up, bank monitor, etc. Won’t you give at least one hour of volunteer service to help your community fight cancer? Does your student need community service hours? Are you a charitable or service organization interested in volunteering as a group? If you are interested in signing up to help, visit this link:

Register Your Team
Teams are forming now, visit to register your team or join an existing one. Teams must raise $100 to stay the night at Carroll High School. The last day for teams to submit their $100 commitment is Thursday, May 1. New this year, teams will be set up inside the track at Carroll High School. A site map is available by clicking here.

Let’s Get Social!
Turn your communication about Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life into interactive dialogue. By using social media, you are capable of reaching a global audience. Get more people knowledgeable and involved in Relay For Life, Southlake. Visit our website at You can find us on Facebook: Southlake Relay For Life. Our Twitter account is @RFLSouthlake. using this year’s hashtag #SLRelay14. SMS Text Updates on the Southlake event can be obtained by texting 5413 to 22723. Be sure to share your fundraising activities, brilliant ideas and personal Relay stories on each of our social media outlets. Do you have questions? Email our Social Networking Chair Cathy Bergstrom at

Purchase Your Paint The Town Purple Shirt Today!PaintTheTownPurpleArt
Paint the Town Purple T-shirts are now on sale to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Shirts are $12 and can be purchased at the Carroll ISD Administration Center located at 2400 N. Carroll Avenue. Click here to download the order form.

Final Team Captains’ Meeting April 16
Join us at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 at the Carroll ISD Administration Center for our final Team Captains’ meeting before the Relay event. Representatives from every team should be present at this important community meeting. Get all your questions answered and pick up forms for parental permission, fundraising, etc. There will be representatives present to accept donations and credit the fundraising amounts to your team. Campsites will only be distributed to those teams that are represented at this final Team Captains’ meeting.

Teens Must Complete Youth Participation Agreement For Overnight Stay
Students wishing to stay all night at this fundraising event will be required to have a signed parental permission slip and an official wristband to stay past midnight. Permission forms will be handed out at the final Team Captains Meeting on Wednesday, April 16 at the CISD Administration Center. Click here to download the Youth Participation Agreement or, email Tracey Flores at Wristbands for overnight participation will be provided to all Team Captains on Bank Day. Only students who raise $100 will be permitted to spend the night.

Bank Day is Monday, April 28
Bank Day is an important event related to the all-night walk and fundraiser. Event organizers also encourage teams to turn in as much of their fundraising dollars as possible on Bank Day. Teams can submit fundraising totals between 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. at the CISD Administration Center. As in the past, Team Captains and participants will have the opportunity to pick up T-shirts, parking passes and team packets that day. There will be a bank operational on site the night of Relay.

Parking Passes Limited
Because such a large crowd is expected at Rachel’s Challenge/Relay for Life, there will only be a limited number of on-site parking passes available. Click here to download the site map. Parking restrictions and permit requirements will begin at 4 p.m. and entrance will require a parking permit. Survivors, sponsors and various event planners will be issued on-site CHS parking passes. Handicapped spaces will also be available on-site. Team Captains will be assigned one parking pass per 15 team members in the Red Lot at Durham Intermediate School. A limited number of parking passes will be available for purchase for $20 that will allow for on-site parking in the Pink Lot of Carroll High School (north entrance). These passes may be purchased at Bank Day on Monday, April 28th at CISD from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Remaining parking passes will also be available throughout the week from Paige Buck ( or on Relay evening from parking attendants in the Pink Lot.

Event volunteers will also be issued passes to the Red Lot. Off-site parking will be available with shuttle bus service every 15 minutes to and from CSHS. Shuttles will begin at 4 p.m. and continue through 12 a.m. A final shuttle bus will serve participants at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life Schedule Of Events

  • 4:00 p.m.          Permit Parking Lots Open & Shuttle Buses Begin To/From Remote Lots & CHS
  • 5:30 p.m.          Survivors’ Dinner, Games, Entertainment, Silent Auction & Food Booths Open
  • 6:30 p.m.          Rachel’s Rally – celebrating Kindness & Hope
  • 7:00 p.m.          Opening Ceremonies/Survivors’ Lap
  • 10:00 p.m.         Luminaria Ceremony/Fight Back Ceremony/Silent Auction Closes
  • 12:00 a.m.         Last Shuttle Bus Runs of Evening
  • 5:30 a.m.          Kiwanis Breakfast
  • 6:20 a.m.          Closing Ceremonies
  • 7:00 a.m.          Last Shuttle Bus Run/Event Ends

Shuttle Bus & Remote Parking Information
Parking spaces on the Carroll High School and Durham Elementary/Intermediate School campuses are reserved for permit holders only. Free shuttle bus service will be provided throughout the evening. Shuttles will begin picking up riders from remote parking lots at 4:00 p.m. and continue making their routes until midnight. A final shuttle bus route will be run at 7 a.m. Saturday morning for those who have spent the night at Carroll High School. Remote parking is at Carroll Senior High School (north of the campus near the CISD Aquatics Center). Park and lock your vehicle and wait for the next shuttle bus near the shuttle bus load zone sign. Shuttles will run back and forth to the Carroll High School site up until 12:00 a.m. so come out and enjoy the evening at CHS.

Activity Booths, Games, Food & Entertainment
There will be games, face painting, photo booths, delicious food, and other activities for all members of the family at Relay For Life. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. at Carroll High School. Bring money to have some fun and don’t miss out on some of the outstanding entertainers featured on our center stage at Relay. All proceeds go to support the overall American Cancer Society fundraiser.

Silent Auction Hours 5:30-10 p.m.
Relay For Life will include a silent auction from 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Visit the tent inside the track to bid on items during the night. Donations for the Silent Auction are still being accepted and may be brought to Bank Day. Any money raised from an item/service auction donation will be credited to the donor’s account or any team you wish. For more information about the Silent Auction, contact Tina Auten at

Luminaria Bags To Be Sold On Site
We need 5,000 luminaria bags to circle the track for our inspirational 10 p.m. ceremony. Bring a bag you have purchased beforehand or come decorate a bag on-site in honor or memory of friends and family members who have suffered from cancer. You’ll want to participate in this inspiring ceremony. Bags are $10 with all donations going to the American Cancer Society. The sale of luminaria bags count toward your team fundraising goals. For more information about the Luminaria sales and/or the ceremony, email Bianca Ramirez at

Canned Food Drive Underway
Southlake’s YMSL (Young Men’s Service League) are going neighborhood by neighborhood collecting can goods as donations for Relay For Life. The cans help weigh down Luminaria bags for the 10 p.m. ceremony at Carroll High School May 2. The cans will be donated to a local food pantry after the event ends. For more information contact YMSL volunteer, Paige Buck at

Keep These Important Rules In Mind

  • Only registered student team members with the required wristband will be allowed to stay on-site past midnight
  • No pets on site
  • No alcohol or tobacco on site
  • No tents – Only canopies permitted

Relay For Life, Southlake Rain Plan
Every effort will be made to host the event outdoors, all-night (5:30 p.m. May 2 to 7 a.m. May 3) as planned. However, safety is a top priority. Carroll school officials and local law enforcement will be consulting regularly with weather experts throughout the morning Friday to obtain the most accurate, up-to-date forecast. Unless you are notified differently from an official communication from Carroll ISD, assume the Rachel’s Rally/ Relay For Life event will occur as scheduled and as planned outdoors at CHS. If the weather prevents the safety of participants, organizers will change the date of Relay For Life Southlake 2014 to Saturday May 3 from 1- 8 p.m. In the event weather continues to prohibit the outdoor event on the back-up date, Relay will again move to Sunday, May 4 from 1- 8 p.m. Shuttle buses, parking passes and permits will still be enforced on the CHS site as necessary.

Check These Sources For Official 2014 Rachel’s Rally/Relay For Life Announcements: