ACC Lab School Top Team at Relay for Life
Alvin, TX -- The Alvin Community College Child Development Lab School recently took a virtual trip to Asia to help raise funds for The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.
Led by the Lab School cook and nutrition teacher, Lynn Johnson, the team raised over $8,000 to help fight cancer.
“Last year we raised $2,500 and this year we wanted to blow that out of the water,” said Johnson. “We have been fundraising since January and have had awesome support from our staff, friends and the parents of our students”
In addition to fundraising by individual team members, the Lab School raised money with several small events including a mini Relay for Life around the ACC campus. During this pint-sized parade, Lab School students collected spare change from ACC students and employees while proudly displaying homemade banners and signs supporting Relay for Life.
This year’s Relay theme was “The Amazing Race,” and each team was asked to represent a different country. The ACC Lab School was assigned “China” and geared many of its fundraisers and decorations around it. “We’re teachers, we can bring it,” said Johnson.
The team put their creativity to work throughout the event, which earned them several awards. By converting their event campsite into a Chinese garden complete with a Chinese fortune tree, fish pond and Chinese food like eggrolls and fortune cookies, the team earned the Best Campsite Award. It also took home the Best Decorated Bra Award for its bra adorned with panda bears.
In addition to their creative prizes, the ACC Lab School team also took home the Most Funds Raised Online Award.
This is the fourth year the Lab School has participated in this event. Johnson became involved in Relay for Life when she was the president of the ACC chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. “Relay for Life was the focus of the Phi Theta Kappa national chapter the year I was president at ACC,” said Johnson.
Overall, the ACC Lab School team was the fifth highest fundraiser at the event, which took-in over $140,000 for The American Cancer Society.
Johnson and the rest of her teammates are already looking ahead to the 2012 Relay for Life. “Our goal next year is $10,000 and we can’t wait to start fundraising,” said Johnson.