By JOSH NEWTON
For the past eight years, Tahlequah Middle School has come together with members of the community to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
Monies gathered from the TMS Student Council Cancer Carnival help the ACS Relay For Life team, as well as students and/or staff members faced with the challenges presented by cancer.
Wednesday’s carnival proceeds will support two Relay For Life teams, some local acquaintances/groups TMS wishes to support, and a staff member and her family who lost a parent to cancer.
Last year’s event raised about $4,000, and some of that money went to support a TMS eighth-grader, who is doing well this year, said TMS Student Council Adviser Nancy Geiger.
“We had a student affected by cancer last year, and he has recovered and is now at the high school,” she said. “We helped his family out with expenses like gas, hotel and meals as they traveled to his treatments. This year, two of our donations to the American Cancer Society are in memory of a student’s mother and a staff member’s father who have passed.”
Several local entities provided food, service, or booth activity, including the Tahlequah Fire Department, the Tahlequah Skatehouse, the Cherokee Nation and Reasor’s. The TFD cooked hot dogs provided by Reasor’s, while the Skatehouse provided a bounce house. A dunk tank, which allowed students to soak TMS Assistant Principals David Bookout and Phillip Bush and Preventionist Fred Poteete was provided by the tribe.
Poteete was dunked three times, twice by one student.
“I was going to get into the water, anyway,” he said. “It’s a fun day.”
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