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Two Martinsburg schools top in Relay for Life fundraising activities

December 07, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Burke Street Elementary and Martinsburg High schools again finished on top in fundraising activities in the 2011-12 American Cancer Society Relay for Life campaign, Berkeley County Schools announced Friday.

  The small elementary school at the intersection of Burke and Raleigh streets in Martinsburg raised $5,700 in donations, which was more per capita than any of the county’s 30 schools, according to  school district spokesperson Leah Daniel.

Martinsburg High School, which raised $13,023.42, was recognized by American Cancer Society Community Manager Barbara Henry for raising the most donations, according to Daniel.

Altogether, the school district, raised more than $75,000 in Relay for Life activities and recognized for being one of the only school districts in West Virginia for having 100 percent participation in the campaign.

“Our students and staff members have embraced this mission and have increased awareness both in and outside of our schools,” Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Manny P. Arvon said in a news release.

Arvon himself was recognized by the American Cancer Society as the West Virginia Superintendent of the Year for 2011 and 2012.

“Manny and the Berkeley County Schools’ team of staff members and students have shown they are compassionate, caring individuals who are a part of their community that is taking up the fight against cancer,” Henry said in the news release.

American Cancer Society event chairman Ken Collinson assisted Henry in presenting the “traveling” trophies to the two schools.

With the top finish, Burke Street Elementary School has won the “per capita” trophy four years in a row. Martinsburg High won the “most money raised” trophy for a second consecutive year, according to the news release.

A special award was also presented at the meeting to Hedgesville High School student Andrew Potts for his efforts and enthusiasm in helping with the Relay for Life, according to the news release.

The awards were presented at the school district’s monthly principals meeting on Tuesday, according to the news release.

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