With the 2012 Relay for Life date rapidly approaching, the crunch is on to get the event up and running. One part of the program for the past six years has been the Kids Walk. The 7th Annual Kids Walk will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at the Dark Horse Stadium field, and Kids’ Walk chairwoman Michelle Parker is hoping for a larger crowd than last year.
The Relay kicks off in Sampson Friday night, June 1.
“We had 150 children participate last year,” she said. “We are looking for even more this year. And from the looks of the applications I have received already, we are going to have a great crowd. We hope it includes you.”
The theme for this year’s Kids Walk is “Superheroes…Saving the world one cure at a time!” A contest was held for the T-shirt design at the Small House on Tuesday, April 24. The contest was open to all K-8 schools, with the assignment to design this years Kids Walk t-shirt. Schools that participated were: LC Kerr, Sunset Avenue, Sampson Middle, Harrells Christian, Plain View Elementary, Hargrove and Union Intermediate. Over 120 people voted on the design.
The top five winners were: Adrian Donatelli, fourth-grader, Sunset Avenue; Emma Purdie, seventh-grader, Sampson Middle; Nancy Dufour, fifth-grader at Sunset Avenue; Savanna Pope, first-grader, LC Kerr; and Ella Faison, fifth-grader at Sunset Avenue.
Relay For Life Committee members chose Adrian Donatelli’s drawing as the overall winner. Donatelli was awarded a Deluxe Art Set by the Sampson County Art Council and will be given a Kids Walk T-shirt with her design once they have been printed. There will be a few extra T-shirts that will be available for purchase at the Relay for Life event.
Donatelli was very excited to have been selected the overall winner.
“When I was coming up with my idea for the T-shirt, I tried to be true to this year’s theme. I really wanted to win this year since I came in second last year. With the theme about superheroes I wanted to make sure that I have both genders represented so I drew a boy and a girl. Some people say the girl looks a little like me. I am excited because anyone could have won. But I am super exited because everyone will be wearing my design at this year’s Kid’s Walk,” expressed the Sunset Avenue fourth -rader.
What is Kids Walk?
The American Cancer Society’s Kids Walk is a fun-filled celebration designed for young people, allowing them to get involved in Relay for Life. The kids are invited to walk around the track and enjoy a number of activities and games held during this two-hour event as a part of the Sampson County Relay for Life.
This is a great way, Parker noted, to get kids involved, offering them a chance to learn the importance of participating in community activities.
For questions, please call Parker 910-592-8627 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. rain or shine on Saturday, June 2 in the middle of the field during Relay for Life. Children up to grade 8, (siblings of all ages are welcome) can participate. The registration fee of $10 per child (includes a T-Shirt) is required. Checks should be made payable to the American Cancer Society. The deadline to register was extendd from until Friday, May 11. The chairwoman expressed that they will attempt to honor all registrations, but cannot guarantee T-shirts for registrations turned in after the original deadline of May 8
To register, each child needs to complete a registration form, pay a $10 registration fee and set a donation goal of $20 or more. Please make checks out to the ACS. A parent or legal guardian must sign registration form.
“Sponsorship are also available and we need as many as we can get,” stressed Parker. There are two levels of sponsorships the Junior level for $250 and the Senior level for a $500 sponsorship. “We are very appreciative of past year sponsors,” added the chairwoman.
Just some of the events that have already been planned include dancing, singing, etc., kickball game, pony rides, inflatable bouncy, face painting, giant Twister game, line dances, dunking booth and more. And, Parker stressed, there will be food.
Parker offered her appreciation to all the volunteers and to the parents who help support Relay for Life and the Kids Walk.
“I cannot say enough for all the support we have received and hopefully will continue to get. I also must thank the Sampson Arts Council. They are invaluable to me as we select the t-shirt design and many other aspects of pulling the Kids Walk together. We hope to see you on June 1 and 2,” remarked Parker.