Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2017

Top of the Morning, Sept. 13, 2017

Tuscola third-grader TAYLOR WILSON has mixed emotions as she readies for her first appearance in a parade.

"Excited and scared," she said. Scared because "people will be looking" at her. And excited because of the candy she "will get to eat."

Wilson, fellow third-grader ADDY REVELL and pre-kindergartner SPENCER WESCH have been invited to ride in Tuscola High School's homecoming parade on Sept. 22. The invitation is a result of their creativity and hard work ahead of Friday's first Tiger Trot, a fundraiser for North Ward Elementary. From 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., North Ward students will compete on an obstacle course at the nearby high school track.

"The kids are very excited to get out of class for an hour," said PTO President SHERRI PRESSON.

They earned it, having collected funds from family, friends and many supportive area businesses. Third- and fourth-graders were invited to submit T-shirt designs, with Wilson's "Tiger wearing shoes" voted the winner. Revell and Wesch earned parade spots for their fundraising efforts.

It's a big weekend for running in Tuscola, the high school also hosting its 40th Tuscola Classic cross-country meet on Saturday.

The Tiger Trot idea was brought forward by North Ward principal JASON WALLACE, who won't just watch on Friday. He's got a reputation to uphold.

"I have been riding my bike to school every day in hopes that I don't get hurt when I do the Tiger Trot with the kids," he said. "I could probably beat most of the students out of sheer will and not skill."

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