CCHS Life Skills students illuminate hope at American Cancer Society

Students and faculty work together to test tea lights at a large table.
CCHS Life Skill students test our tea lights at American Cancer Society.

This week students from Colonie Central High School’s Life Skills program recently visited the American Cancer Society to lend a helping hand in preparation for the upcoming Relay For Life events. The students took on the important task of testing tea lights, a vital component of the event’s heartfelt Luminaria Ceremony.

During the Relay For Life event, the Luminaria Ceremony stands as a beautiful and touching tribute. As night falls, flames of hope are ignited to honor cancer survivors and to commemorate those who have bravely fought and lost their battle with cancer. The gentle glow of these tea lights serves as a beacon of remembrance and solidarity, illuminating the darkness with messages of resilience and support.

“Our students had the opportunity to test out the lights to ensure they are working and ready to light at future events,” shared co-teachers Jen Satin and Keri Martinez. “This opportunity not only allows our students to give back but also fosters their development and provides them the skills to be confident outside the classroom.”

The partnership between CCHS’s Life Skills program and organizations like the American Cancer Society exemplifies the power of community collaboration in making a meaningful impact. Through initiatives like these, students are provided with valuable real-world experiences and the opportunity to cultivate essential life skills.

“We love partnering with community agencies to give back and allow our students to develop the skills needed to be successful in the future,” added Martinez.

For more information about our life skills program or for organizations interested in partnering with us, please contact Jen Satin at