Linda Kinzli choked up a little when she thanked the members of Wellington Middle School’s Eagle Power class for their contribution to the American Cancer Society. A cancer survivor herself, she told the class how proud she was of them for learning to care for others so early in their lives. “We all need to care for each other,” she said.
The Eagle Power class, conducted by math teacher Joanna Clark, focuses on leadership through working together to organize events at the middle school. In April they did all the planning and marketing for a dance they called “Cancer Dancers.”
Kinzli’s granddaughter, Abby Larsen, a member of the Eagle Power class, was especially proud of be part of the fundraiser.
In addition to providing a special evening for the students, the event raised $552 though admission fees and donations. The money will be donated to the American Cancer Society through the Relay for Life, a 24-hour fundraising event held in both Fort Collins and Wellington in June and July. Kinzli has been involved with Relay for Life for eight years and serves as a team captain for the event. Members of the team take turns walking around a track continuously for a 24-hour period raising funds according to miles walked.
“Cancer never quits,” Kinzli said. “We will find a cure.” The students of Wellington Middle School found a way to their part in the ongoing search for a cure.