Students spend some time this afternoon on specially made tricycles learning about a good cause.

Today was the annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Truck-A-Thon at Park Elementary in Columbus. Students learned bike safety leading up to the event and also learn about the Memphis Hospital and what the facility does for sick kids their age at the same time.

The kids are also raising money for St. Jude by asking for donations and telling them about what they’ve learned in class. For one teacher this program is very important to her.

“My son was a patient. So I do this in memory of him. He lost his battle in 2005. So this is just my way of giving back and keeping him in memory,” says Cindy Wells, Park Elementary school teacher.

Between the pre-school students and the kindergarten and first grade kids’ doing a math-a-thon, both programs have already raised eleven hundred dollars. Wells says that she hopes to raise nearly five thousand dollars. The money is due this upcoming Monday.

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