Ross Head Start supports good cause with trike-a-thon

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Head Start Round Up Days concluded Thursday for Ross Head Start as the school held their annual St. Jude Trike-a-thon.

The trike-a-thon’s activities now stretch for quite some time. Students and teachers have spent quite some time raising money for St. Jude.

The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of its founder, Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.

The school was very successful in raising funds for the worthy cause. One class raised $157, the most by any class.

The top money raisers throughout the entire school were Daniel Dugar, who raised $108; Hermione Mayfield, who raised $63; and Timothy Price II, who raised $47.

Of course, a trike-a-thon has to have students on bicycles. While there were well over 50 bikes ready to ride Thursday, 25 were entered into Wednesday’s bike decorating contest. With Thursday being St. Patrick’s Day, the 25 bikes followed the day’s theme of green, shamrocks and even rainbows in some cases.

Three judges ranked each bike on a scale of one to five and after all the numbers were tallied, three bikes were named as the best decorated. First place was awarded to Madison Baudoin, second place to Benjamin Medlock and third place to Iyanna Gibson. All three received medals.

The winners were given the opportunity to show off their award-winning bikes to the crowd as they rode around the gym. Then it was time to let each class have a spin around the gym.

The school says next year’s trike-a-thon may get a little more interesting as they may decide to go in a completely different direction.

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