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Cold doesn’t stop Relay for Life planning in D301

Updated: February 26, 2013 6:30AM



BURLINGTON — People do not usually think about running outside in a relay when temperatures drop to the single digits and the possibility of snow hovers in the air.

If the 2013 Relay for Life at Burlington Central High School on May 17 is to be successful, however, people need to start planning now on how they will raise money for it, according to Central Community Unit School District 301 officials.

Relay for Life is an overnight event to celebrate cancer survivors and to raise money for American Cancer Society research and programs. The relay lasts from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Each team has at least one member on the track throughout the relay.

As of this week, two teams and two participants already have raised $200 for the Burlington relay, according to the American Cancer Society Relay website.

The district reminds participants that there are a number of ways that funds can be raised.

There can be school-wide bake sales, classroom change wars, and baby photo contests where students can buy guesses as to which teachers match the pictures. Students also can ask local restaurants if they wish to donate a portion of their proceeds for a day to the relay.

To join an existing team or create a new team, contact www.relayforlife.org/elginil.

On another note, the D301 board this week approved an increase in substitute teacher pay from $85 to $90 a day.

According to Assistant Superintendent Greg Rabenhorst, the pay raise should make working for the district more appealing. The board did not recommend any other changes to substitute teacher requirements.



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