Spring is here and the students and staff at Barnesville Middle School are hard at work raising funds for Cutting Class for A Cure! The 9th annual event takes place this Friday, May 18, at the middle school, the culmination of several months of fundraising and planning.

The purpose of Cutting Class for A Cure is to aid Belmont County cancer patients and families in need. Students hope to break last year’s record donations of $23,690 that included over $1,800 collected by Barnesville Elementary students through a "Pennies to Pie the Principal" fund!

Middle School students taking part in the event purchased a wristband at an earlier fundraiser. The wristband excuses them from Friday’s classes.

Students have been busy fundraising since January. The students come up with projects and ideas that this year included the concession stand at the Valentine’s Dance, Hat Day, Twin Day, May Madness and a tee shirt sale. On April 6, the Barnesville Dairy Queen donated a percentage of sales to the effort. Several businesses and individuals in the community also provided cash donations for the event or donated door prizes.

New to the format this year will be a $250 donation to the Lori Witchey Scholarship fund. This scholarship is awarded to a Barnesville High School senior whose life has been touched by cancer. Witchey, a former teacher at Barnesville Middle School, lost her battle with cancer last August was a co-founder of Cutting Class for A Cure.

The invitation mat is out. Please come and join our students for some food, fun and prizes.

The event will kick off promptly at 8:00 am in the school gym with a short opening program that includes "a survivor’s lap" around the gym. Students briefly return to their classrooms to receive wristbands that excuses them from class for the day.

"Activities for the students continue throughout the day until we gather in the gym for prize drawings," said Denise Adkins-Leach, faculty supervisor.

During the day, food trucks will be parked on the school grounds for students to purchase food. Students at the high school will be allowed to get their lunches from the vendors, too. Members of the public are also encouraged to stop by and purchase food.

As of last week, the following food trucks are confirmed: Cline Road Custom Cakes, Fat Boys, Homemade Noodles, Taco in A Bag/Chili Dogs and Wood Fired Pizza.

Cutting Class for A Cure is now a stand-alone organization with its own board of directors that will administer funds for the group.

"Our community is so generous, and we have grown each year," said Adkins-Leach. "Barnesville Middle School values our relationship these past eight years with 3Cs Cancer group, and we are now looking forward to serving the community as our own entity, focused on identifying those in need and getting them help while also a providing scholarship opportunity for our students who do so much to help raise funds for the organization."

Donations for the cause may be sent to Cutting Class for A Cure, 970 Shamrock Drive, Barnesville, OH 43713.

If you or a loved one would like to request assistance from our organization, please send an email to: cuttingclassforacure@gmail.com . The organization’s FaceBook page is: CuttingClassforACure.