WBHS hosts "Carnival for a Cure"
West Bloomfield High School recently hosted a ‘Carnival for a Cure’ to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS). All proceeds for the event were donated to the school’s Relay for Life team which will ultimately be donated to the ACS. The event included nearly 2,000 WBHS students and staff members coming together during their lunch periods to raise money by purchasing raffle tickets and playing carnival games.
Students in the school’s sports and entertainment marketing classes sold the raffle tickets and took charge of marketing the event to the community and their classmates. Throughout the year, students secured donations from local businesses in the area along with families within the district. They were able to collect over fifty donations for the carnival including Apple Airpods, an Amazon Fire Stick, Echo Dot, clothing from Vineyard Vines, tickets to Tigers games, DTE concerts and gift cards to restaurants and businesses in the local area.
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet served as a sponsor of this year's event providing additional prizes.
The winners were selected for both raffles immediately following the carnival and posted on @wbhs_DECA so those both in the building and in the community had an opportunity to participate.
Lara Mathias, WBHS junior, served as one of the student Co-chairs for the event and shared, “It was an amazing experience to be a part of a day that allowed students to have fun, but also spread awareness and raised money for ACS!”
Jennifer Sepetys, WBHS teacher and student activities coordinator, said, “There are many students whose lives have been touched by cancer. The ACS carnival provides a way for clubs and class councils to organize games and sell snacks to all of our students. Everyone has the opportunity to donate to charity today to make a difference.”
Julie Zalla, WBHS marketing, and DECA teacher, said, “When I was a student in West Bloomfield Schools, we lost one of our classmates to cancer. From there I went on to lose family members, co-workers, and students. Cancer touches all of us. Seeing our students come together for this cause, to be outdoors smiling, laughing and raising money for a cure while demonstrating their event marketing, selling, communication, and community relation skills couldn’t make me prouder.”
The West Bloomfield High School Relay for Life event is scheduled to take place on June 8 at West Bloomfield High School.