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Relay Field Day comes to HMS

10/26/2012

By ABBY BELDEN

abelden@dailynews.net

A Fort Hays State University Leadership 310 group is pairing up with the American Cancer Society to give Hays Middle School seventh-graders an opportunity that has not been offered before.

The first Relay Field Day, a three week program, will begin Monday and follow Nov. 8 and Nov. 16.

The Relay Field Day is a smaller version of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life activity.

Katherine Kirkhart, Leadership 310 group member, said the event is open to only the seventh-graders of Hays Middle School right now, but the group is hoping to implement this in other schools and communities in the future.

"This is the first time this particular program has been brought into the whole state of Kansas," she said. "It's pretty exciting."

The presentations and activities will be in the gym at Hays Middle School. The first two course days will have a similar layout.

Throughout the first two week courses, the 310 group will present information and raise awareness on the importance of physical activities and cancer prevention.

Kirkhart also said the group will touch on nutrition, tobacco and more.

"The reason why we chose the young people is because they are at the age where peer pressure is starting to come in," she said.

The final meeting will have a different plan.

Kirkhart said the third course day will include wrapping up what the students learned the past two course days, but also include a Hope Ceremony with pink temporary tattoos.