The Panther Valley Middle School held its Third Annual Mini Relay For Life recently at the Middle School for all the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Students, parents, and staff raiser more than $2,400 for the American Cancer Society to fight cancer via various school dances, fundraisers and activities.

Door decorating contests and penny wars (in which students and classes would compete to bring in the most pennies) were also ways of raising donations. Middle school nurse Ann Davis organized the year long worth of fundraising events and the relay.

This year's Relay For Life Theme was called "Prowling For A Cure." Classes were encouraged to walk the mini Relay For Life dressed up as themed characters and with banners stating their themes. Students from each grade came out during school for an hour each to walk during the relay. During the relay, names of past cancer victims were also read over a public address system. Kathy Inama also helped put the event together.

Representatives from the Tamaqua-Carbon American Cancer Society were also on hand during the relay. Both Davis and Inama stressed their appreciation to all the dedicated students, staff, volunteers and

contributors that helped put the event together or provide donations.