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Students form ‘mini-relay’ to raise money for a cure

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Field Day in May will serve as time of celebration

By Ron Benningfield

Most of us are familiar with Relay for Life and the money the event brings for the fight against cancer.

Rebecca Hawkins’ 22-member second-grade class at Hodgenville Elementary is helping that effort by forming their own “mini-relay” using innovative techniques to raise money.

“We set a goal of $500, but we may have to increase that as they’ve already raised over $436,” said Hawkins who is in her 10th year of teaching at Hodgenville.

After brain-storming ideas to raise money, the class, naming themselves Hawks for Hope, took orders from fellow students for Candy-Grams to send to friends or teachers in the school.

Hawkins’ students made flyers, took orders, packaged candy, created message cards, and served as delivery staff. The candy treats, which sold for 50 cents each, were delivered on the last day of school before Christmas break.

“Wal-Mart donated a case of candy canes for the project,” said Hawkins.

Continue the cause

Even though they’ve come close to their goal, the students want to continue to raise money for the cause.

“They understand what Relay for Life represents,” said Hawkins. “In fact, they have made presentations not only in class, but also to our PTSO (parent teacher organization) and the board of education.”

Hawkins’ class plans to hold a Kissing Booth where students can buy Hershey’s Kisses to give to fellow students and teachers as Valentine’s Day gifts.  She said Sunrise Manor employees and Pamida have donated bags of candy for the event.

“We’re also going to have a Valentine’s dance with the help of Melissa Pearman (Family Resource Center coordinator) with all the $3 admission receipts going to the Kelly Dean Sanders Fund and the money from karaoke, popcorn and soda sales going to the Mini-Relay,” Hawkins said.

On the Monday after the Relay for Life in May, plans are under way to use the school’s Field Day as a day of celebration and Mini-Relay.

“We’ll have all the classes walking our circle just as at the Relay for Life,” she said. “They feel so good about doing things for others, not for repayment, but because they know they should, and because they want to.”