Panther Valley Middle School students are holding a "Mini Relay", which is an abbreviated version of the American Cancer Society's national signature activity, Relay for Life.

The students are joining in the fight against cancer by raising money and walking the school parking lot on Friday, May 21. Family members can join in the fight by walking with their child's homeroom.

This year, students are asked to get family to be sponsors for the walk. Each sponsor pays a dollar.

The students are also raising money by having "Penny Wars" in school from May 10 until May 20. Each class will compete with other homerooms trying to raise the most money by donating pennies. Awards will be given to the classrooms and grade that raises the most money.

This is a great opportunity for the students to make an impact in the community as well as become knowledgeable about cancer. The students feel good about themselves, knowing they are doing something to help others.

The "Mini Relay" will be held in the morning and awards will be presented in the afternoon.All money raised by the students will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The goal for this year's relay is $2,200.

The Tamaqua Relay for Life will take place this year at the Hometown Farmer's Market on June 25 and 26.

The ACS's mission of saving lives from cancer will be aided by the money raised by the PVMS students.