2018-06-07 / Front Page

MES Students Raise $3,000 For Ethan Strait Memorial Fund

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Pictured are the active PTSO members and top fundraisers. Top row, left: Lisa Daniels from Community State Bank of Orbisonia; Faye Butt, PTSO member; Alice Cutchall, PTSO member; Ava Wink, PTSO member; Renee Earley, PTSO; bottom row: top fundraisers Trevlin McDonald, first grade, and Kaidence Trail, fourth grade. Pictured are the active PTSO members and top fundraisers. Top row, left: Lisa Daniels from Community State Bank of Orbisonia; Faye Butt, PTSO member; Alice Cutchall, PTSO member; Ava Wink, PTSO member; Renee Earley, PTSO; bottom row: top fundraisers Trevlin McDonald, first grade, and Kaidence Trail, fourth grade. Eleven-year-old Ethan Strait passed away in April when he was fatally injured in a car crash in St. Thomas. To honor their classmate’s memory, Mc- Connellsburg Elementary students, along with the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO), wanted this year’s annual Sprint for Success to be held in his name.

The students’ goal was to find donors who would make a financial pledge to them for making laps around the school’s track. For every lap that was made, their donors made a new donation in the amount they pledged.

The top two fundraisers were first grade’s Trevlin McDonald, who raised $300, and fourth grade’s Kaidence Trail, who raised $200. Both students received a $25 Cone Zone gift card for their perseverance. In total, the students raised $3,000.

Each student who participated received a silly band for each lap they completed around the track. Special acknowledgement also goes to fifth grade’s top walkers Jeron Fletcher, Dominic Jefferson, and Caleb Buterbaugh, who each walked 17 laps, which is 4.25 miles, in 35 minutes.

Bottled water and silly bands were supplied by Fulton County Medical Center. Top organizers for the Ethan Strait Memorial fund were PTSO’s Renee Earley, Alice Cutchall, and Faye Butts.

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