Leading the pack


Alex Hoffman, center, a Bellefontaine Elementary School kindergarten who was diagnosed with leukemia at age 3, is joined by his younger brother Tyrent Price, 2, and second-grade Lighthouse Club members, from left, Haylee Rutherford, Caleb Torsell and Taihler Crawford in leading the lap at the elementary school’s Mini-Relay for Life event Friday morning. The celebration, which was expected to raise about $1,500 for the American Cancer Society, also served as a Leader in Me event in which students in various clubs were responsible for organizing various aspects of the day’s activities, teachers said. In addition to the walk, students viewed a video about Alex’s battle with cancer, led guests on tours of the new school, discussed their clubs with visitors and played games. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)