Middle School Students Planning Push For Relay For Life


The students and staff of Rim Country Middle School are planning a big push for the upcoming Relay for Life, the area’s premier fund-raising event to help fight all cancers.

Members of the RCMS Builders Club, along with the Payson High School Key Club, want to contribute $5,000 and have a lot of projects in place to help reach that goal.

Students at RCMS are selling memorial luminarias for $10 to be used in one of the Relay for Life’s most moving programs. The luminaria sell continues through today, Friday, May 21. The student raising the most money through these sales will receive a $50 prize.

Also on Friday, May 21 a students-only Carnival, Car Bash and Raffle will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the RCMS gym. There will also be a dance, with school staff volunteering to be targets in a dunk tank, super soaker booth and pie toss. Principal Gary Witherspoon and a mystery teacher will also be kissing a critter for a price.

Another fund-raising project is Burros for a Cure. Marlene Armstrong of RCMS has volunteered her time and talents to prepare green chili burros for sale. Students are currently taking orders for the burros, which will sell for $3 each or five for $10. Orders must be placed by June 2. The burros will be available for pick-up at the school from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, June 3 (watch for the directional signs).

Armstrong said there would only be enough burros made to fill the advance orders, there will be no on-site sales.

Those interested in getting the burros, but unable to contact a student, may call Ted Tatum at (928) 978-2978 or (928) 474-2239.

If the goal of $5,000 is made, the students will get to give Tatum a Mohawk haircut and color it the hue of their choice.

Car wash to help Relay for Life

Come check out a carport sale and get your car washed this weekend while supporting Relay for Life. When you get hungry, buy a hot dog from the Prudential Relay team that’s hosting the carport sale, or eat barbecue at the car wash.

The carport sale, which includes items from 20 agents, runs from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 609 S. Beeline Highway. Also this Saturday, a barbecue and car wash will take place at Walgreens from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

So far, local fund-raising for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life has raised $16,000.

That includes generous local sponsors, fund-raisers held by some of the 27 teams, and donations for 200 luminaries combined.

Looking ahead, on Friday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, May 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., a quilt raffle will take place at the west exit of Safeway.

And, people can always pick up luminarias to remember those who fought cancer at Ace Hardware and the Payson Public Library. 

This year’s Relay for Life begins on June 4 at the Payson High School track. Want more information? E-mail event chair Al “Dusty” Miller at paysonrfl2010@hotmail.com.


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