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    Third grader Alexandra Miskie, 8, stands with her grandmother, Sandra Miskie, a 20-year cancer survivor, May 3, before an American Cancer Society Relay Recess at Stetson Elementary School. Alexandria Miskie’s paternal grandmother died of breast and lung cancer. Sandra Miskie had also been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and given a two-week life expectancy. “If I didn’t fight 20 years ago,” she said, walking with her family during the relay, “I wouldn’t have been here to see my grandchildren.”

    Students get ready for a “fight back drill” May 3, before an American Cancer Society Relay Recess at Stetson Elementary School. “Platoon members” stepped out from a military-like formation to recite pledges. They shouted commitments to routine exercise and healthy eating. Kindergarten-fifth grade students spent Spirit Week, April 30-May 4, learning about healthy lifestyles and raising cancer awareness.

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    Students walk along a baseball field May 8 during the second annual Relay Recess at Stetson Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. More than 600 preschool-fifth grade students from the school sang "We Are the World," many using American Sign Language, and then walked around a neighboring park. Ahead of the event, they raised money for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society's Relay Recess provides elementary schools an abbreviated version of its Relay For Life.

    Stetson Elementary School students hold a Relay Recess banner May 3, before an American Cancer Society Relay Recess at Stetson Elementary School. Kindergarten-fifth grade students spent Spirit Week, April 30-May 4, learning about healthy lifestyles and raising cancer awareness. The two final days' events include a Relay Recess, an abbreviated version of the ACS’s national signature activity, Relay For Life. Stetson Elementary School is holding the only Relay Recess in Colorado Springs.

    Sixth grader Omar Rivera, 11, seasons a hamburger Nov. 20 at Falcon Middle School in Falcon School District 49. Omar was participating in a grilling mini course, one of 45 classes offered Nov. 19-20 ahead of Thanksgiving break. The school's educators paused their regular curriculum to help sixth, seventh and eighth graders discover new interest areas and career possibilities. During registration Nov. 6, the students selected from a comprehensive list of one-day and two-day courses.

    Students walk along a baseball field May 8 during the second annual Relay Recess at Stetson Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. More than 600 preschool-fifth grade students from the school sang "We Are the World," many using American Sign Language, and then walked around a neighboring park. Ahead of the event, they raised money for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society's Relay Recess provides elementary schools an abbreviated version of its Relay For Life.

    Students perform "We Are the World," singing and using American Sign Language, May 8 at Stetson Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Afterward, more than 600 preschool-fifth grade students from the school walked around a neighboring park, as part of their school's second annual Relay Recess. Ahead of the event, they raised money for the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society's Relay Recess provides elementary schools an abbreviated version of its Relay For Life.

    Third grader Claire Wilson, 8, waters fruits and vegetables after pulling weeds during a garden club Aug. 20 at Stetson Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The club kicked off this month with the help of an Eagle Scout who constructed 12 raised-bed garden boxes. Teacher Matt Monfre said the after-school activity aims to decrease incidences of childhood obesity, increase intakes of fruits and vegetables and provide hands-on lessons in earth and life sciences.

    Second graders perform a patriotic song Nov. 14 at Evans International Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. The school's students, families and faculty had gathered for a tribute to Veterans Day, which included lively musical presentations, an Army soldier's re-enlistment oath and a soldier's message from Afghanistan to his seven-year-old daughter.

    Twelfth grader Noah Gabel, 18, holds the boys' track and field 4A State Championship trophy during a pep assembly May 21 at Vista Ridge High School in Falcon School District 49. Competing in the athletic program's fifth year, the track and field team earned the school's first state title May 18. Gabel's finish in the 1,600-meter relay helped set a 4A meet record for the Wolves. Everyone who competed scored points in outstanding team effort.

    Adelila Luna, 3, learns Japanese carp painting using tempera paint and rice paper May 2 during "Celebrate the Arts Family Night" at Remington Elementary School in Falcon School District 49. Sponsored by the school's PTA, the evening tied in the school year's social studies units, while exhibiting hallways filled with kindergarten-fifth grade creativity, according to art teacher and event coordinator Angie Reid.

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