"Cooking Up A Cure" is the theme that will encase everyone in McDuffie County for the next two months.
This year Thomson High School's team captains for Relay for Life are teachers Stacey Amerson, Angie Williams and Kelly Flanders. The THS team goal is to raise $2,500, which Mrs. Amerson said has already been met.
"We want THS to have a big representation at this year's Relay. Encourage everyone to get involved in Relay for Life and support this event which raises money to find a cure for cancer," Mrs. Amerson said.
Preparations are already underway for this year's event. Mrs. Amerson said the team, composed of both teachers and students, has already planned several fundraisers and is working on adding team members and collecting luminary sign-ups. Luminaries can be purchased in memory of and in honor of someone for $5 and can be purchased from any team member until April 30.
One fundraiser that is already complete was a homeroom challenge. Homerooms competed to raise the most money in return for breakfast biscuits from Chik-Fil-A.
"This fundraiser far exceeded our expectations," Mrs. Amerson said. "In fact, we are probably going to increase our school-wide goal because of it."
Through the homeroom challange, THS raised $3,229.77. Robin Dudley's homeroom came in first, collecting $736.93. Other homerooms in the top five included: Tracey Madden's $456.50; Christy Brown's $372.74; Angie Williams $330.22 and Vilessa Talcott's $293.81.
Other fundraisers the school plans to participate in include a "Cakes for Cancer" auction April 2 and May 7. April 26 and May 3 will be "Dress Down" days for $3 and "Hat Day" for $1. Closer to the end of April and early May, the team will sponsor a dunking booth for students to sink principals and teachers. Tickets will sell for three for a $1.
The night of Relay For Life, May 14, a Basketball Shootout will take place.