DeKALB – The Colorful Cancer Curers, the only team in the Relay for Life of DeKalb County made up entirely of high school students, raised more than $1,700 in its newest fundraiser, the District 428 American Cancer Society Change Drive.
Schools in the district competed to raise the most money in the drive. Cortland Elementary raised the most, with $381.61, Jefferson Elementary came in second at $235.42, and Littlejohn Elementary came in third at $88.18. Each of the schools had two donation jars donated by Ecowater, and schools offered their own incentives to students. Cortland Elementary Principal Kimberly Lyle agreed to wear a chicken suit to school to reward her students for raising the most money.
At DeKalb High School, all last-period classes competed. The winning class, an anatomy class that raised $169.30, received a pizza party.
Half of the money raised through the fundraiser will go to the Colorful Cancer Curers, and the other half will be donated to Illini 4000, a biking group that bikes 4,000 miles over the summer to raise money for the American Cancer Society. DHS alum Ryan Newquist, who helped the Colorful Cancer Curers with their fundraiser, is a member of the team.