Tuscola elementary students show fundraising prowess

Tuscola elementary students show fundraising prowess

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TUSCOLA — The students, faculty and staff at North Ward Elementary recently demonstrated their ability to raise funds — and their willingness to give back to the community.

As part of their recent "Competing for Wellness" fundraiser, the students collected more than $7,000. Half the money is going to the school and the other half to RISE Behavioral Health and Wellness, Tuscola, formerly known as Douglas County Mental Health.

A check for more than $3,500 will be presented at 11:30 a.m. today to RISE, if weather permits, at the Tuscola High School track. The ceremony coincides with the sixth annual Tiger Classic track meet for third- and fourth-graders.

In previous years, the school held fundraisers for the American Heart Association. This year, the Wellness Committee decided to try something new.

"We wanted to find a fundraiser that would impact both our school and some organizations within the community," committee chairman and North Ward physical education teacher Dustin Dees said.

Students were rewarded for their efforts. If they raised $100 to $199, the students got to pick the PE activity for that day. Those raising $200 to $299 got to be the PE teacher for the day and work with Dees. Those raising $300 to $399 got to be the principal for the day.

The top fundraisers also got to attend a special lunch.

Fourth-grader Addie Revell was the top fundraiser, with $605. Third-grader Lillian Rhoades was second with $453. They will be honored today at the track meet.

Other grade leaders were Miley Rennels and Maddox Reedy, kindergarten; Hadley Devlin, first; and Mia Vitale, second.

Dees said the wellness committee will evaluate the fundraiser before considering any changes for next year.

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