Over a dozen local teams are raising funds for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, and, at Cherry Ridge Elementary School, students and faculty have banded together as the Krewe of Chiefs to champion the cause.

“We are supporting the community,” said Jerrie Bardell, Team Captain for the Krewe, “We also have two survivors on our staff here at Cherry Ridge, and [Relay for Life] is a very good cause.”

While the Chiefs haven't set a firm fundraising goal, students have been diligently working for the larger part of the academic year to raise as much money as possible for their team.

In the fall, they hosted a cancer walk, and students circled the school's driveway as a prelude to the lap walking at the main event.

To show support for the walkers and raise awareness, fifth graders made posters to decorate the school's fences so both parents and other members of the community could be informed about the fight.

Students have also been selling stars sent out by Relay for Life, buying ribbons highlighting different cancer types and paying for jean days at school to support the fund.

So far Cherry Ridge has raised approximately $500 but plans on exceeding that total in the days leading up to the event and on the night of the relay. During the event, the Krewe of Chiefs will be selling popcorn, pickles, cotton candy and cancer ribbons.

The 2014 Morehouse Parish Relay for Life will start at 6 p.m. on May 9 at Bastrop High School. The theme for this year's event is Mardi Gras.