The event was part of National and Global Youth Service Day, and was organized for the second year in a row by senior Alex Jenkins, who plans to attend the University of Louisville after graduating next month. After raising almost $2,000 for Relay last year, Jenkins started her own Relay team for high school youth. She said that she was hoping to get someone from the team to take over the Day of Service for next year.
The event started at 10 a.m., and First District United States Representative Ed Whitfield shortly before its beginning to meet the participating students and tour the gym, taking a look at some of the information booths and game stations inside. He told The Cadiz Record that he had received a letter and a few phone calls from Jenkins and that he was happy he had been able to attend the event. For about 45 minutes, he talked with students, teachers and parents who were helping out, as well as posing for a few photos. Whitfield said he had seen similar fundraisers, but couldn’t think of one where young people were such a critical focus. He also presented a check for $350.
“I’m always excited when the young are raising money for a good cause,” Whitfield said.
Whitfield wasn’t the only public official to stop in from out-of-town. Eighth District State Representative John Tilley (D-Hopkinsville) also stopped by and promised to mail a check for $100 to Jenkins. He told The Cadiz Record Monday on the phone that he would have given more, but had also committed to giving to Jim and Linda Tribble’s Relay team, as well as one in Christian County.
In the front lobby of the high school gym, there were surplus T-shirts from the school’s student store, where people could donate money and pick one up. On the gym floor, there were games like “Toss Up,” a hula hoop to throw a football through, bowling, miniature golf, and several others. Among several children who came to play was fourth-grader Brian Taylor, who said he had also had a lot of fun at the event last year, which was he came again.
Also on the gym floor were a few information booths. Major Duncan Wiggins of the Cadiz Police Department sat at a booth with information about the D.A.R.E. program, which was next to a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) booth with Randy Wade and Matt Ledford. Shelby Stevens, a member of the high school’s antismoking club HOT Shots, sat at booth with information on the dangers of tobacco products. Stevens said she was also one of the 16 members of the youth Relay team. Stephanie Perry stood at a booth dealing with Kentucky agriculture.
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