Joliet Central students lauded for collecting most Relay donations

9/17/2015, 9:59 a.m.
The students collected more than $4,300 in this year's Relay for Life Joliet, an overnight walk that raises money for ...
Joliet Central students were recognized for collecting $4,313 in this year's Relay for Life Joliet, more than any other group that participated. Courtesy of Joliet Township High School District 204

Joliet Township High School District 204 provided this news release:

Joliet Central High School students and staff were recognized for their generosity and fundraising during the Homecoming Assembly on Sept. 11.

JTHS Supt. Cheryl McCarthy and Central Principal Shad Hallihan presented the traveling JTHS Relay for Life trophy to Central Campus for their accomplishment of raising the most money for Relay for Life Joliet, a 12-hour community fundraising event and walk that raises money to finish the fight against cancer.

Central’s donation of $4,313 was a collaborative effort of students and staff who participated in online fundraising and participation in the event. Joliet Central’s Presidents’ Club, Aktion Club, Class Committees, Key Club, Human Relations Club, Student Council, Card Club, and Anime Club participated along with the Joliet West Students of Community Advocacy and Students of Service. Central Campus raised $4,313 and the West Campus donation was $3,825, which brought the district total to $8,138 in donations.

The traveling trophy represents a friendly competition between Joliet West and Joliet Central. “Although the trophy was meant to be used as motivation for our students to participate and raise money for the Relay for Life event, many of our students and staff participated because they truly wanted to show their support to cancer survivors and raise money to the American Cancer Society,” said Central teacher Lisa Luangsomkham.

“Joliet Central’s students and staff would like to thank Dr. McCarthy for presenting the trophy to us at our Homecoming Assembly. It was a wonderful and well-deserved recognition. Joliet Central looks forward to the next Relay for Life of Joliet event on June 4, 2016 at the Joliet Memorial Stadium. Clubs are just in the beginning stage of planning for this event.”