Norcross students plan carnival to raise funds for Relay for Life

NORCROSS - Last year, Norcross High School raised more than $113,000 for Relay for Life, making the school's annual community carnival the top fundraiser in the school district.

This year, students have set their sights a little higher, with a goal of raising $100,000, which is $30,000 more than last year's goal. A couple hundred students are pitching in, and the Relay for Life team is chaired by Student Council President Dana Lupuloff, who last year raised more than $15,000 online for the American Cancer Society.

"It's nice to see students working together for a common cause," Lupuloff said.

The carnival will open to the public at 6 p.m. Friday. Parking will be available in the faculty and student parking lots, Lupuloff said.

Admission to the event is free, and the money will be raised through proceeds from selling tickets for carnival games and tickets for the movie on the lawn, which begins at dusk. Carnival tickets will cost 50 cents each, and games can be played for one to four tickets, Lupuloff said.

The movie on the lawn is the Oscar-winning cartoon "Happy Feet," and guests are welcome to bring picnic baskets and nonalcoholic beverages in coolers, Lupuloff said. Refreshments will also be sold at the event.

"Everyone is welcome," Lupuloff said. "We've got activities for all ages."

Norcross High students have the option to "buy out" of their sixth-period class and visit the carnival at 3 p.m., Lupuloff said. It will cost $3 for students to skip their last period to attend the carnival.

Students will be distributing fliers and placing signs throughout the city to promote the event.

"Anywhere you go in the city of Norcross come Monday, you'll see a yard sign," Lupuloff said.