COVINGTON - Some students at Newton High School got a little break from class last week.
In an effort to raise money for Newton County's Relay for Life, the NHS language arts department had teacher George Miles run some laps.
If students paid some change, they could come out to the track during a class to watch him run. As long as he raised $100 each hour, he would continue to run around the track.
"I've been an avid runner for years," he said. "This is what I can do."
He said he did it in honors of his sister Ann Miles Scheer and friend Priscilla Davis and for cancer research.
Students and staff came out to the track to cheer him on and support his efforts - even as he was asking for bandages for his blisters and pouring water on his head to help with the scorching sun.
"They kept me going," he said. "The teachers and students were awesome."
Students and staff also sold snacks to make some extra money.
"This was about beating cancer, about honoring those who have cancer, who had cancer but cancer has never had them," Miles said.
By the end of the day, Miles ended up running for more than six hours - more than 37 miles - and collected $1,700.
"We are very proud of Mr. Miles and the stamina he showed last Friday," said Pam Greer, language arts department chair. "We had a great time."
Other schools also held Relay for Life fundraisers and events throughout the week before the event. Eastside High School held a T-shirt design contest and sold shirts to raise money for the American Cancer Society.
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