The playground at James Monroe Elementary School was filled with hundreds of students from all grades Thursday for the school’s annual Relay For Life held to raise funds to fight cancer and add to the total raised by the city’s event last weekend.
This is the sixth year the school has held its own Relay For Life, organized by third grade teacher Mardi Taubert. According to Relay For Life staff present for the event, Monroe was the first school in California to organize its own student Relay.
Opening ceremonies began at 8 a.m. with Madera Unified School Superintendent Gustavo Balderas thanking the kids for their efforts and participation.
“It’s more than raising money. It’s bringing awareness, building character and giving back to the community,” Balderas said...