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DHS students plan, participate in Relay for Life

DeKalb High School students participated in many events such as the guys versus the girls tug-of-war at the Relay for Life event on May 5.
DeKalb High School students participated in many events such as the guys versus the girls tug-of-war at the Relay for Life event on May 5.

Despite the threat of a storm, 16 DeKalb High school students saw months of hard work result in success on May 5 when students and staff participated in the Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

More than 100 people camped out on the football field and walked the track to raise money for the society.

Teams raise money by asking people to sponsor them, then members took turns walking all night long.

“The idea behind it is ‘cancer never sleeps, so neither do we,’” Alexandria Valkner, a DHS teacher and dance team coach, said in a news release.

Valkner supervised the students who planned the event. The committee has been planning the event since August.

She was familiar with the event, having participated in it herself as a high school and college student.

“After the passing of our coworker, Ata Shakir, [my coworker] Jessica Cross and I thought planning the event at DHS would be a great way for the community to come together in his honor,” she said in the release.

The DHS students planned the activities for the participants throughout the night, which included a carnival, tournament games and performances. They also were responsible for reaching out to businesses in the community to gain sponsors, putting together a dinner for survivors in the community, and promoting the event on social media, Valkner said.

While the event shut down at 4 a.m. because of threatening weather, the participants raised more than $12,000.

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