'Trike-A-Thon' raises $635.49 for St. Jude's

May 19, 2014
Photo by: Donated TRIKE-A-THON — The pre-K riders who participated in the annual Trike-A-Thon at Haywood Christian Academy raised $635.49 for St. Jude's.

On May 2 the wheels were turning at the Haywood Christian Academy’s junior campus during the annual Trike-A-Thon. The entire school was involved in this fun-filled charity event that benefits the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Prior to the event the Pre-K students studied a weeklong unit on bicycle safety before receiving their “Trike License.” The students also learned about children who are sick and in the hospital and how raising money helps pay for procedures that their families may not be able to afford without their help.

The elementary students also participated by taking on jobs as part of the “crew.” They served their drivers as wheel washers or a pit person, who often ended up pushing the tired driver around the track. Some even acted as the transportation authority, issuing tickets for infractions such as Snail Pace tickets, reckless driving tickets and speeding tickets.

Pit crews were named after a soda or candy — each crew wore their pit’s assigned colors and the driver wore the appropriate color as well. For example, the Hershey team wore brown,; the Orange Crush team wore orange; and the cotton candy team wore pink.  Popsicles snacks and lots of cheering parents and friends kept the Pre-K riders moving around the track.

At the end of the day, the pre-K riders raise $635.49 for St. Jude’s through their sponsor donations, and the entire school family learned what it meant to work together to help others in need, one trike at a time.