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Salem Elementary School Superintendent Mark Cartwright gets up close and personal with a pig.

Salem Elementary Students Raise over $7k for Relay for Life

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Students at Franklin Park Middle School and Hawthorn Grade School had reason to celebrate today. Not only did they meet their $1,500 fundraising goal for their Relay for Life Fundraising week, they surpassed it...by a lot. $7534 was raised by Salem Elementary District students.

Students were promised that if the fundraising goal was met, that building principals Marty Adams, Matt Sturgeon, and Dustin Bilbruck and Superintendent Mark Cartwright would have to kiss a pig...and which such a high number of donations, the pigs got a lot of love.

At Franklin Park, 8th grade teacher Mrs. Craft shared her story of cancer survival. She was diagnosed just a few years ago, at the young age of 21, with breast cancer, and still requires occasional treatment.

"All this money you guys have raised saves lives like mine" said Craft to the crowd, "It helps give me the doctors and treatments I need."

7th grade student Peyton Crouch shared the story of her sister, who, at the age of only six was diagnosed with eye cancer, and had to have her eye removed, but made a full recovery. 

During the week, students raised money while participating in a number of fun events, such as crazy sock day and Friday's purple day.

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