YORBA LINDA—Eighth graders at St. Francis of Assisi School in Yorba Linda held the fourth annual “Dance Out Cancer” event recently to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Yorba Linda. More than $3,800 was raised by the 36 students in classes 8A and 8B, and the funds enable the school to be a major sponsor of the local event, now in its 13th year in Yorba Linda.

“Dance Out Cancer is a wonderful way to help students learn to give back,” said principal Tom Waszak. “As our 8th graders are graduating from school, they are making their mark on the community by their good work and generosity.”

At the dance, school families and guests donated $20 per family to attend, and additional donations were gathered for face painting, dinner and desserts. Eighth grade teachers Mrs. M’Liss Painter and Mrs. Ann Cooper have inspired their students to give back through the “Dance Out Cancer” event.

The event was chaired by school parent Laurie Warye-Schoenke, with assistance from volunteers Michelle Leo, Susan Michael and many others. The funds given to the American Cancer Society will be used to support programs of cancer research, education, advocacy, and free patient services.

At St. Francis School, each class from pre-school through eighth grade chooses a charity to support and holds an event to further the charity’s mission. The “Dance Out Cancer” event is supported by the school-wide community as a fun and effective way for students to make a difference for their chosen charity.