By Megan Dooley
Trinity High School students, staffers, and friends are invited to a prayer service Thursday night to kick-off “Lock-In For Life,” a sleepover event designed as an indoor version of Relay for Life. After a commemorative ceremony to memorialize lives lost to cancer and to celebrate survivors, eligible students will stay through the night for games and activities.
The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the school athletic facility with the prayer service. During the service, a student-designed photo collage will be projected to help those gathered memorialize friends, neighbors, and family members who have been stricken with cancer. Luminaries that are currently available for purchase for $2, or $5 for a set of three, will be displayed throughout the gym in memory of loved ones.
The event is sponsored by The Blazers Against Cancer, a student-run club. Any student who has raised a minimum of $60 is eligible to take part in the overnight portion of the event.
Sean Daly, a social studies teacher at Trinity who helped in the planning, said that the idea for the event came from the students. “We were having a hard time doing a Relay for Life,” he said of the overnight outdoor cancer fundraising event. “Participation was low, so we came up with the idea of maybe doing a lock-in earlier in the year.”
So far, he said the students have raised some $3700 toward the cause. And on Thursday, the 60 or so students who have participated will be able to celebrate that accomplishment with a range of fun and silly games including a giant-sized Twister.
The prayer service is open to all members of the Trinity community including staff, students, parents, and alumni. The overnight session of the event is reserved for students only, and is slated to begin around 7:30 p.m.