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NCSS receives award for participation in 2009 Relay for Life

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

Recently, Newton County School Superintendent Steve Whatley and members of the school board accepted an award on behalf of the school district from Becky Byrum of the Newton County Relay for Life program for having 100 percent school participation in the 2009 Relay for Life Program.

Each school in the district participated in the 2009 Relay for Life and overall, Newton County School System raised approximately $110,250 in the fight against cancer.

"That's an incredible amount," said Brian Burgoyne of Newton County Relay for Life. "The 2009 Newton County Relay for Life raised $274,000 and the school system brought in over $110,000 of that."

"Almost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way or another," said Dr. Dennis Carpenter, Deputy Superintendent for NCSS. "When you combine these life experiences with the overall caring nature of educators, it's not surprising how committed our faculty and staff members are to worthy causes such as Relay for Life. I am extremely proud of our district's efforts in this area."