Relay for Life


Students, Teachers, Parents, and Community Join Together in the Fight Against Cancer

John Wayland Elementary School is home to Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Relay For Life's #1 fundraising business team! This is thanks to the support from not only the staff members, but the local students, parents, and community members. Each year, the team, captained by assistant principal, Pam Dowrey, works to top their achievement from the previous year. While doing many team-member focused fundraisers, it is also a goal to do at least one school-wide fundraiser to involve everyone who wants a chance to help find a cure for cancer!

In previous years, we have held voting contests where students could put change in buckets to see various staff members kiss animals, have ice cream sundaes made on their head, and even perform in a "talent" show! This year, Laura Logan, a team member and co-chair for the Harrisonburg/Rockingham County Relay for Life, had the great idea to bring the whole Turner Ashby District into the fundraising!

Pictured above with Mrs. Logan are just a few of the students that have supported this cause by purchasing and wearing the shirts that sport the pink breast cancer awareness ribbon, and say "Pink is the New Black: Knights." We have sold over 400 shirts so far, and the orders are still coming in steadily. All proceeds from this and other fundraisers go to the American Cancer Society to continue research to find a cure.

If you are a TA alumni, or someone in your family is a Knights fan, this would be a great purchase for the upcoming gift-giving season! If you are interested in purchasing shirts, or in learning more about Relay for Life, please contact:

Pam Dowrey ( or Laura Logan (

They will be glad to help you out. Additionally, we hope you will join us for the actual Relay For Life event which will be held overnight on Friday before Mother's Day, May 7th - 8th! You won't believe how amazing it is! You will be inspired to join a team, or even start a team of your own! The more teams that participate, the more money is raised! The more money that is raised, the sooner we can beat cancer!

Thanks for your support, and we look forward to seeing even more participation in the future!


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