• Thursday, April 18, 2013

Provided -- Eagle Nest Principal Karen Spillane is slimed as part of a fundraiser the school held for Relay for Life. --

That is what the students at Eagle Nest Elementary were screaming at the schools’ rally for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Friday, April 12th.  Each year, the school participates in raising money for the American Cancer Society for a few months and then has a mini-relay to celebrate and honor cancer survivors. This school year though, the Relay committee added a few new fundraisers to generate even more excitement. Teachers sold footprints that honor or remember loved ones suffering from cancer and they were put up all around the school on the walls.  This year, a new twist was added in the form of targets.  When the footprints reached the target, the person on the target would get slimed at the mini-relay. 
Four people graciously accepted the challenge and the targets were 5th grade teacher Jamie McDowell, PE Coach Jeremy Compton, Assistant Principal Michelle Nicholson and of course Principal Karen Spillane.  Each week Mrs. Kelly Nobbs or Mrs. Marian Lovenshimer, Relay Team Captains, would go on the EES morning show to update the school on fundraising efforts and to remind the students about the sliming goals.  Mrs. Spillane even talked up the fundraiser and told the students there was no way they would sell enough footprints to get to her target. Eagle Nest even had a third grade student, Mason Maddox, who asked for donations at his parents’ business and he alone raised almost $100.
The students at the school purchased 714 footprints, which are colorfully twisted around the front halls, and made it to all four targets. What a sight it was during the mini-relay as 8 students were picked for the honor of sliming one of the fantastic volunteers.  All you could hear was “EWWWW” as the green and orange chunky slime was poured all over Mrs. Spillane. 
The other new fundraiser involved selling pickles to the students and that was a great success because the students bought over 360 pickles during the month of March.  During the first two weeks of April, students voted for the favorite hairstyle of music teacher Blake Bredemeier, which involved lots of ribbons, pinkie tails or braids. He wore the winning hairstyle all day on Relay Friday. Eagle Nest Elementary raised over $4,000 this year with these fundraisers as well as selling Valentines and color-changing cups with the Relay logo.  Now its team will look ahead to the next school year and see what crazy fundraiser they can think of next.

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