Gavit cares about cancer

2013-05-14T16:03:00Z Gavit cares about cancerSavannah Caudillo | Contributor nwitimes.com
May 14, 2013 4:03 pm  • 

HAMMOND | Gavit students and staff care about cancer, and they are ready to show it. The Gavit community will participate in the Relay For Life of Northlake at Whiting Park on June 1.

Gavit students, teachers, parents, and staff will walk in the 18-hour Relay for Life for the 15th time.

This year Gavit students have taken the initiative and lead the fight against cancer by forming a Relay for life student council. Gavit students Care about Cancer!

The student-led Relay Council meets every Tuesday morning under the leadership of president Savannah Caudillo. They plan fundraisers, t-shirt designs, and strategies as how to make the most of the Relay for Life experience.

“I am very excited to see how relay is going to turn out this year," Gavit student Kylee Garvey said. "We have been planning how to get as much of Gavit involved as possible. What motivates me to participate in Relay for Life as much as possible is that my aunt has fought cancer and has overcome this terrible disease, and I want more victories over cancer. I cannot put into words how proud I am to be a Gavit Gladiator fighting cancer every step of the way.”

Every student on the council has worked tirelessly to make sure the Gavit community does its best for this amazing cause.

“It makes me excited to see how many people are willing to volunteer much of their time for such a great event. For those fighting cancer and those who have survived, I believe our efforts give them hope for a better future,” Vincente Valdez, vice-president of the student Relay council said.

On March 19 the Gavit Relay for life Student Council held a kick-off meeting for the community. Students presented an entertaining informational skit titled “There’s No Place Like Hope” where Dorothy, played by Savannah Caudillo, along with the Scarecrow, played by Vincente Valdez, and Cowardly Lion, played by Jacob Jimenez, visit the Great and Powerful Oz to learn all about American Cancer Society and Relay for Life.

The turnout was spectacular with over 100 Gavit students and parents in attendance.

“I was blown away from the attendance and support of Gavit students, parents, and even former students," Janet Wartman, community representative of Northlake Relay for Life said. "This really shows the Gavit’s dedication to the cause and mission of Relay for Life; this community really pulls together.”

“Gavit students have huge hearts, and they put others before themselves. The students realize that this event is for people affected by cancer and not just for them. Everyone from Gavit is eager to help, and it is just coming natural” Michelle Ondas, Gavit principal said.

Last year at the Gavit community raised $4,500 in the 2012 Relay for Life.

So far this year, the Student Relay for Life Council and Gavit Athletics have sponsored a variety of fundraising campaigns, from selling daffodils, luminaries, and purple socks to having a whole “Jean day.” Thus far this year, the Gavit community has raised more than $3,100 in their fight against cancer, and they’re not through yet.

The Gavit community is planning a whole school campaign called “Change for the Better.” For a solid week, students and staff will donate loose change to Relay for Life.

“This year our goal is to raise $5000, and I’m confident we’ll do it,” Anne Melby-Morrison, Gavit Relay for life sponsor said.

At Gavit the students are encouraged to be a true Gladiator through PBIS (Positive Behavior Incentives and Support). Students who display positive behavior are nominated by teachers and are entered into a raffle to receive prizes. PBIS is a behavior encouragement system that has 4 qualities: Respect, Responsibility, Engagement, and CARING.

“I think that most families in America have known someone with cancer, and the fact that there is such a commitment by Gavit students is very important and says much about the quality of students," Mr. Allen, Gavit vice-principal said. "The students are doing a terrific job of showing they care in everything they do for this event. The Gavit students are also showing that they are respectful, engaged, and that they can manage their responsibilities.”

Come join the Gavit community on Saturday, June 1st at the 2013 Relay for Life of Northlake at Whiting Park. Gavit family and friends will walk, eat, and bond as a community in a united fight against cancer. Remember, “There’s No Place Like Hope.”

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