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WITH VIDEO: Penny Wars Raises Money for Cancer Research

Students at Farms Intermediate turned in their change to help a good cause.

Sophie Flatt, a fifth grader at and her older brother Collin, a sixth grader, decided to raise money on their own this year to help fight cancer. According to their mother, the two siblings wanted to find a way to help contribute to their family's team, who will be walking in the event on Saturday.

The goal, according to Kim Flatt, was to each raise more than $100 for their team, "Family Fighters," so the Hartland students decided to start a "penny war" contest in their classrooms, competing boys against girls to see who could raise the most money.

At last count, Mr. Thacker's fifth grade classroom had a grand total of $147.98, with the girls in the lead by almost $37. For Mrs. Berry's sixth grade class, the students had raised more than $43 during last week's tally, and the boys were leading.

Relay for Life, which begins at 9 a.m Saturday at the track will host 24 teams as they walk for 24 hours raising money for cancer research.

The teams include:

  • All Saints Life Savers
  • Clan Barb
  • Creekside Frogs
  • Family Fighters
  • Family Ties
  • Generations For Change
  • Hartland Estates
  • Hartland Moms
  • Hartland Smilemakers
  • Hartland Teachers Care
  • Hartland Track and Cross Country
  • Jumping Gymnasts
  • Life Runners
  • Mighty Mo's
  • Moonwalkers
  • Pink Ladies of Hartland
  • Rockin to BEAT Cancer
  • Sandy's Soldiers
  • Smiles for Sandy!
  • Team Hughes
  • Team LOC
  • Team Mickey
  • Team SSC
  • Wal Mart

New team competition events are scheduled for this year's Relay for Life. Teams will be competing against each other in several fun activities and events that include:

  • Sombrero/Crazy Hat Lap
  • Team Sack Race
  • Silent Auction Item
  • Trick or Treat
  • Team Tug O War
  • FROZEN T-shirt
  • Country Representative Lap
  • Road to Recovery Races
  • Glow Stick Lap
  • Flash Light Lap
  • PJ Lap
  • Team Coffee Relay Race
DANIELLE POPP May 02, 2012 at 11:18 AM
WAY TO GO Sophie and Collin and the entire Flatt family for their commitment to raise money to help Fight Cancer!!! You guys ROCK!!!
Peggy Seebaldt May 02, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Way to go Mr. Thacker's 5th grade and Mrs. Berry's 6th grade classes!!
Kim May 02, 2012 at 04:30 PM
THANK YOU to all of Mrs. Berry's & Mr. Thacker's students that helped Sophie and Collin with their penny war fundraiser. You guys are ALL paying it forward and helping us raise money for a great cause. You should be VERY proud of yourselves. Come out and help the Family Fighters team walk for 24 hours this weekend starting at 9am Saturday till 9am Sunday. It's an awesome family event with lots of activities going on all day long.
Kim May 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Thanks Danielle! You're pretty ROCKIN yourself with all your Archery Dedication!!

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