Craig briefs: Participants sought for Relay For Life

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The American Cancer Society is looking for survivors of cancer and community members to participate in the Relay For Life in Craig. Organizers are hosting a Relay kickoff from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Centennial Mall, 1111 W. Victory Way, to share with residents the importance of Relay For Life in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society invites survivors and anyone who has been touched by cancer to register a team, join a team or to register for the survivor lap. Survivors are a special part of the Relay For Life, and the ACS invite all survivors to continue the fight so that one day no one has to hear "you have cancer."

Relay For Life is a fun, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer.

"Relay For Life is an awareness raiser about the progress against cancer as much as it is a fundraiser," said Jeremiah Herman, community relationship manager for the American Cancer Society. "Individuals who are willing to give their time and energy to this exciting event, as a volunteer or participant, have made a commitment to fight back against this disease and let the community know that you can beat cancer."

Teams of eight to 15 members gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools and churches - people from all walks of life. Teams seek sponsorship prior to the Relay, all with the goal of eliminating cancer.

To sign up as a team captain, join as a participant or register for the survivor lap, join the kickoff at the Centennial Mall on Wednesday. For more information, visit www.craigrelayforlife.com or e-mail djkenny40@yahoo.com.

Bank teaching local children how to save

First National Bank of the Rockies announced its participation in the upcoming National Teach Children to Save Day, scheduled for April 21.

Established by the American Bankers Association to spotlight the importance of teaching the nation's youth about saving money, the event occurs every April when bankers make presentations to students in kindergarten to 12th grade about budgeting, saving, recognizing needs and wants and how interest makes money grow.

Last year, First National Bank of the Rockies employees reached 480 students in western Colorado with their volunteer efforts. This year, the bank is again participating in the ABA Education Foundation's Million Child Challenge to teach savings lessons to one million students across the country.

Lessons support the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy standards and curriculum established by the National Council of Teachers and Mathematics, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and others.

If you are interested in having First National Bank of the Rockies make a presentation at your school, Girl or Boy Scout Troop, youth group or organization on April 21 or any other time throughout the year, call Amy Casinger at 1-888-299-3627, ext. 20311, or e-mail her at amyc@fnbrockies.com.

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