Students at Doyle Elementary donated more than $2,300 recently to the American Cancer Society as part of a charitable program sponsored by a school alumnus.

The newly crowned Miss Southeastern Louisiana University Renee Picou, of Livingston, is creating awareness and raising monies through her service project, Relay Recess. Students were asked to give money or have their parents sponsor them as they took part in a Relay Recess walk in the school gym or around the playground in honor of those who have experienced cancer in their lives. Some local cancer survivors also participated in the walk with the students.

“Our students really enjoyed participating in this project,” said Doyle Elementary Principal Donna Sibley. “So many of our students have family members and loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer. They know the importance of supporting research that can help us fight this horrible disease.”

Sibley also said the students were excited about helping a “princess” who once went to their school.

“The students really responded to Renee and her program,” she said. “It’s just a great example of the good that can be accomplished by caring, successful students and community members who choose to invest themselves in projects in their home communities. They can be tremendous role models.”

Picou attended Doyle Elementary, and is a graduate of Doyle High School. She will represent SLU and the American Cancer Society at the Miss Louisiana pageant in June in Monroe.