, Newburyport, MA

July 3, 2013

Mini-Relay for Life raises $3,300

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

I am writing to say thank-you to all of those who were involved in Salisbury Elementary School’s 9th annual Mini-Relay for Life. We held our relay on June 14 at the school and raised over $3,300 for the American Cancer Society. Students from each class in grades 1-6 participated in the event by walking around the school in 30-minute intervals from 8:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.

Along with raising money for the event, children and staff also decorated Bags of Hope and created posters that were placed along the relay route. White Bags of Hope were decorated in memory of loved ones who have lost their battle with cancer, in support of loved ones still struggling with cancer and for loved ones who have survived cancer! The Bags of Hope help students to “see” how many people, just in their school community, have been affected by cancer.

I would like to specifically thank the Salisbury P.T.O. and Jay’s Tire of Salisbury, both of whom have given generous donations to this event for the past nine years. Their donations fund the pizza, popcorn and popsicle parties given to the classrooms that raised the most money in donations. And special thanks to Mr. Montanari, Salisbury Elementary School’s principal, for allowing the school to participate in this worthwhile community service event. This event has become a part of our school culture, and I am so proud to be a part of such a compassionate and giving community. Thank you, Salisbury families, for once again embracing this cause and overwhelming me with your continued generosity and kindness.

Michelle Howard

Second-grade teacher

Salisbury Elementary School