WEIRTON - The school year may be almost over, but that didn't stop students, faculty and staff at Weir High School from finding time to give back to their community.
On Tuesday, the high school hosted a Relay for Life walk-a-thon, raising $631 to benefit the American Cancer Society.
Weir teacher Deb Marino, chair of the school's Wellness Committee, explained in exchange for a $2 donation, students were able to get out of afternoon classes and walk around the track at Jimmy Carey Stadium on the high school's campus.
Marino said when the event initially was announced earlier this year, when the weather was cooler, many students didn't seem to want to participate. As the temperatures began to warm up, however, interest began to grow.
"We offered a free sno-cone if they made the donation," Marino said.
The event began with many students initially sitting in the stadium stands, Marino said, but before long everyone was walking laps around the track.
TAKING PART IN WALK — Weir High School students walk around the track of Jimmy Carey Stadium on the high school campus Tuesday as part of a Relay for Life event organized by the school. Proceeds from the event will go to the American Cancer Society. -- Craig Howell
In addition, T-shirts were available for purchase at $10 each, with $2 from every shirt going to the cause.
The T-shirts were designed by 15-year-old Jacinda Rice, according to Marino.
Marino said they hope to be able to hold another Relay event at the high school in the future.
The Weir High School Wellness Committee includes Marino, teacher Dave Thompson, Assistant Principal Kristin Bissett, and staff member Marsha Tournay. The committee works to provide a healthy environment at the school for students, faculty and staff.
"We're all involved in this," Marino said.
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