First person: Elementary students raise money for Relay for Life

CNJ photo: Kevin Wilson Sterling Barth, 7, left, is the captain of the $1,000 Barry Kids, and 12-year-old Damon Back is the co-captain. Barth, who is holding the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award from the El Desayuno Kiwanis Club, started the club to raise money for Relay for Life.

Kevin Wilson

Sterling Barth, 7, is captain of the $1,000 Barry Kids club, made up of students from Barry Elementary raising money for the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser.

The co-captain is Damon Back, 12.

Both said they do the work because, “It’s better to help somebody else than yourself.”

Getting started: Barth: I raised $1,000 last year. We didn’t go out and do fund-raising. I did yards — pooper-scooping, mowing, raking.

I think people didn’t do it because they didn’t know how to do it. So we came up with a club to make $1,000 Barry Kids.

Joining the cause: Back: There’s a kid; he goes to Boys Scouts with us and he caught cancer. Also (Sterling’s) great-grandfather (Hank Barth) has (bladder) cancer. So we thought we could do it for them.

He asked me when we were at the skating rink; it was a Friday night. I said, “Yeah,” because I went to Barry with him. Brie (Barth, Sterling’s mother) helped us with the (materials and paperwork).

We’ve got so far about $2,050, and there are seven kids on our team.

Barth: We just say, “Would you like to be on a team and help fight cancer?”

How they raise money: Barth: We’ve sold apples and pears, we’ve done balloon bouquets. We’ve done raffle tickets. We’re doing another raffle (next weekend). First prize is an iPod Touch. The second prize is an iPod Nano.

Back: My family, they were the ones that donated the pears and apples. We have an apple tree, so we picked them straight off the tree and washed them.

Most fun fund-raiser: Back: The donut and soda fundraisers were fun. We sold a lot of soda.

— by Kevin Wilson