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March 2, 2013

Science Hill School honors classmates stricken with leukemia

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Mounce said the educational aspect of the Relay Recess was important, especially because it teaches young people at an early age about cancer and how to prevent it.
“You can’t stop all cancer, but there are some things you can do to help prevent it,” said Greta.
Also featured during Friday’s Relay Recess was a luminaria ceremony — the same ceremony featured every year at the community’s ACS Relay for Life. 
The students decorated special luminaria bags to set inside the gym in honor of those who lost their battle with cancer. It was no surprise that several of the bags were decorated with Nissa’s name. 
And then, to top off the day, the students released more than 500 balloons — which were bought for $1 each to go to the ACS — on the school’s outdoor basketball court in remembrance of loved ones who died fighting cancer. 
“I think it was a healing process,” said Mounce, about the Relay Recess and the balloon release.
Whitis, who was on hand Friday during the day-long event, said Science Hill’s Relay Recess was the first she had seen on such a large scale.
“(Mounce) and her team did an amazing job,” said Whitis. “This is the first school I’ve seen to do a full Relay Recess.”
Whitis on Friday was obviously touched by the school’s effort. And she couldn’t help but hope the luminaria ceremony and balloon release helped students grapple with questions that are left after Nissa’s passing and as Kelly continues to fight his own disease. 
“I really hope this helped some of these kids express what they felt,” said Whitis. 

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