Nettleton EAST Students Support Special Olympics


Nettleton EAST Students Support Special Olympics
8/15/2013 4:54:56 PM

Students head up fund-raising campaign for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.

EAST students Mandi and Savannah are always finding ways to make a difference in our school and local community. Both girls recently assisted in the Area 7 Special Olympics, serving as volunteers for the event. 


Nettleton High School Special Education teacher, Mrs. Lori Clements had recently presented to the EAST class about an opportunity to raise money and participate in the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. The Torch Run, a four-day relay that covers more than 12,000 miles nationally, is a campaign to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics and is held annually by State Law Enforcement officers. 


It was up to the students to decide if they wanted to participate and how to go about getting others involved. Both girls volunteered to enlist others to participate in the special event. To inform others about it, flyers and posters were created and posted and the girls set up an online fund-raising page with information about the project and how to donate. They contacted each building principal at Nettleton elementary schools and held a competition between elementary classrooms. The classes raising the most money will be treated to popsicles. 


Throughout the event the EAST group collaborated with Mrs. Clements, Nettleton Junior High School, Nettleton elementary schools and the NHS Dance team. A total of $604.70 was raised, which will go towards supporting Special Olympics Arkansas year-round sports training and athletic competition. 


In addition, a citywide competition was held for all area schools to raise money, with the school raising the most to be awarded the "Keepers of the Flame of Hope" trophy. Sergeant Mike Davis of the Arkansas State Police presented the award to the Nettleton Public Schools for their hard work and commitment. The presentation was made on the football field during an assembly of the student bodies of the junior high and high schools.




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