Grade 4 to 8 students from Bienfait Weldon School are going to have an up-close look at what happens during a Relay for Life, as the school will be hosting this year's Mini Relay.
The Mini Relay will take place on Friday, May 30, a little more than a week before Estevan's Relay.
Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS) Grade 12 students Jacqueline Peeace and Kyle Goulet are the co-chairs of Team ECS, a 13-student committee that organizes the Mini Relay. Goulet and Peeace said plans are ahead of schedule.
"We've already had a few meetings planning on what we're going to do for the Mini Relay, what the schedule is going to be, and what is going to happen," said Peeace.
The Bienfait students who will be the chairs, and participate in the different committees have already been selected. And Team ECS members met with the Bienfait Weldon staff on April 23 to offer more information about the Mini Relay.
Peeace, Goulet and the other Team ECS will speak to Bienfait students on May 21 to get them excited about the Mini Relay. Then, in the days leading up to the event, there will be a number of different fundraisers.
Peeace and Goulet have extensive experience with the Mini Relay and Team ECS. Both have been with Team ECS since their Grade 9 year. Peeace participated in the first Mini Relay at Pleasantdale School in 2009. Goulet co-chaired the mini relay committee when it was at St. Mary's School the following year.
Peeace said her mini relay experience gave her an idea of why it's important to support the Relay for Life.
"It definitely introduces elementary school kids about a very important message, not only about raising money to get rid of cancer, but also to show them that they are not too young to make a difference," said Peeace.
Goulet heard those messages, too, when he was at St. Mary's School.
"Now that we're part of Team ECS, and we've been through it for four years, we really see it," said Goulet.
Several Grade 9s are part of Team ECS this year, Peeace said, and that is good news, because several team members are graduating in June.
The mini relay features many of the same components as a Relay for Life – opening ceremonies, a survivor's opening lap, entertainment, a luminary ceremony and closing ceremonies – but it's in a condensed, three-hour format ideal for a school setting.
Proceeds from the mini relay will be directed towards Estevan's Relay for Life.