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Longden Elementary Celebrates Relay Recess

Nanette Fish

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On Friday, May 31, Longden Elementary School celebrated “Relay Recess” in conjunction with the Relay For Life of Temple City and the American Cancer Society. Through this event, the students became more aware of the need for cancer research and the funds to help this research.
Within the last several years, Longden has seen several of their students and staff stricken with cancer, and many of their families have been affected by cancer. This is the second year Longden has fielded a team in the Relay for Life.  “Team Longden” is currently recruiting team members and are continuing their fundraising efforts.
The day started off with a school-wide flag ceremony. Fifth grader and Team member Mark Erstad led the flag salute, and Jolynn MacDonald, Co-Chair of this year’s Relay for Life, explained what the Relay was all about (complete with props). In one of the most moving parts of the day, the entire student body and staff walked the first lap of the Relay together to signify their support of cancer patients everywhere. Throughout the day, students and staff made sure someone was walking around the field at all times. The students of Mrs. Wahbe’s fifth grade class took the time to research and create cancer awareness ribbons for relay participants. Activity centers were also available for students to sign two large banners supporting Leukemia and Lymphoma patients (the focus of Team Longden) and to decorate Luminaria bags for the larger Relay in July.
Mary Sneed, Captain of Team Longden, invites those interested in participating in the Relay for Life to register as a participant. Team Longden also appreciates any donations the community would like to make on their behalf on the Relay For Life website (

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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Longden Elementary Celebrates Relay Recess