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A promise to the kids

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Brad Vest gives Kalan Roberts, custodian at Alton Schools, the ultimate haircut after students raised over $5,000 to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
OREGON COUNTY -- The 20th annual Country Cares for Kids Radio-Thon was another big success. It was held Feb. 11 on K-Kountry 95 and AM 1290 the Gift from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

According to Program Director Mike Crase, the radio-thon raised just over $104,000 for the kids at St. Judes.

The corporate sponsors were the Bank of Thayer and Hirsch Feed and Farm Supply. First National Banking Company who sponsored the phone banks and CenturyTel and Simpson's True Value sponsored the tote boards.

"All of these sponsors were greatly appreciated as well as the people of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri who really came through in tough economic times," Crase said.

Donations continue to come in and totals for the fundraiser is expected to rise.

"Alton School had our largest donation of any school. They raised over $5,524," Crase said.

According to Renee' Church from Alton Elementary School, the elementary students at the school had set a goal to raise $2,500. One of the custodians, Kalan Roberts had challenged the students to raise $4,000 and he would shave his head. The art teacher, Ed Hackworth and the P.E. teacher Dave Quinn, added they would shave their heads if the students could raise $5,000.

"The students were determined to raise the money for St. Jude. They also wanted to see three of Alton School's favorite employees sporting bald heads," Church said.

It was quite a challenge for the students even though the last two years the school had raised $4,000, exceeding their $1,500 goal. The students were not sure due to the current economy that the small community where they lived had much money to spare.

"To make matters worse, right in the middle of the three-week fundraiser, the devastating ice storm hit, leaving many in the community without electricity and our school was closed for two weeks," Church said.

School came back into session Feb. 9 and the deadline for the fundraiser was extended another day. "Parents and students were asked to dig a little deeper, and they did. This made our elementary school of 400 students very proud and very thankful to be able to donate to such a good cause," Church said.

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