ALES students raise money for Kelly Dean Sanders Fund

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By The Staff

With the return from Thanksgiving holiday comes the annual drive for the Kelly Dean Sanders Fund at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School. Students and teachers get into the action by accepting a challenge for raising the most money and in return the winning class selects the recipient of an Extreme Makeover for one of the staff.

This year, the class who raised the most for the clothing drive was Allison McDowell’s fifth grade class which returned last year’s favor by selecting fifth grade teacher Todd Rogers for the honor. Rogers, with help from his parents, Jimmy and Janice Rogers, reigned over the annual Extreme Relay activities in a beautiful pink dress, white wig and makeup. McDowell’s class along with Rogers’ and Karlotta Cecil’s classes raised $875.07 of the $1,594.11 for the school.

The winning class also challenged the staff in the relays. Races such as the hoola-hoop relay, the suitcase change, and the crowd favorite – “The Pudding Dig” were among six different contests of the afternoon. Fourth grade teacher Tina Southwood literally rooted out fifth grader Ryan Henning in the pudding dig where both participants must find the most candy with hands behind their backs. In other words – face in the pudding.

The ALES faculty and staff are very appreciative to all the many students and adults that contributed to the Kelly Sanders Fund. Money raised at the school returns to ALES families who may need extra help with coats, underwear and other clothing for their children.