The Barrington High School Choral Ensemble is hitting the streets tonight to spread some holiday cheer and raise money for a good cause.
On Wednesday, Dec. 19, all 25 members of the group will carol door-to-door throughout Hampden Meadows. The singers will split up into two groups and spend the night singing classic holiday tunes.
The carolers will be out between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.
The groups will also carry collection buckets for anyone who wants to make a donation to Barrington High School’s next Relay for Life.
Relay for Life is a national global fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society. Cities and towns in more than 20 countries take part in the annual event. Teams of cancer survivors and those in the midst of a battle join up alongside family and friends to walk together throughout one June evening.
Molly Williams is a Barrington High School student who is organizing this year’s local Relay for Life as her senior project. She first participated in the event as a freshman with seven other Barrington students. That group walked at a relay in Smithfield in honor of friends fighting cancer.
Barrington High School hosted its own relay last year. Molly served as chairwoman of the event’s team recruitment and involvement committee. The relay included 470 participants and raised more than $54,000.
Molly said the event was named New England’s top youth mini-relay. The success now moves this year’s event up from the “mini” category. It will be recognized as an independent event.
This year’s event also includes Molly as its chairwoman.
“Taking over as the chair this year was a natural progression for me because I had been so involved in these past two efforts, and also because of my connection to the ‘core group’ that was the beginning of these Barrington Relays,” she said.
Molly is also a four-year choral ensemble member.
“I thought that this would be a great opportunity for us to get some more performing in while helping to support the community in a different way than we normally do,” Molly said.
The caroling event has been organized with choral director Celeste Labonte and Suzanne Pickford, the relay faculty advisor.
This year’s relay is scheduled to start on June 14 at 6 p.m. and continue through June 15 at 6 a.m. Registration and online donations are open now at www.relayforlife.org/barringtonri and will remain open through the June 14. Anyone can make a team, it is not exclusive to Barrington residents or high school students. The planning team can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.