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Students Race For Net Books

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The second annual Race for Education was held today at McVay School.

Students at McVay School got out their running shoes today to raise money for a technology cart. With the cart, students would have access to net books in their classroom. Since it is a race, did anybody want to win?

“Just to run and have fun with my friends,” says Zhanylle Gant.

“I don't really care,” says Ryan Austin. “I just want to have fun and yeah.”

Most of the students did this race last year where they raised $6,000. It was a learning process for everybody so this year the school tried something different.

“The kids filled out little sticky notes that had addresses of friends and family across the nation and locally. And then we took those stickys and put them on a letter asking for donations to sponsor the particular child," says Heather Wheeler.

The students mailed out more than 5,000 letters and as of today, they raised more than $10,000. They were rewarded throughout the process with prizes such as, lunch with the principle, gift certificates to the Williston Arc and Taco Johns.

“We have three heats,” says Wheeler. “The boy and girl for each heat that do the most laps around the school will earn a $25 Visa gift card. So they can spend on whatever they want, and we'll also have trophies.”

Wheeler says three different groups of children ran today. First, it was the third through sixth graders. Then the first, second and finally the kindergarten.

Wheeler also says the race is a good source of exercise, and the school's gym teacher set up the track to make sure students were safe.

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