They did it! It was wonderful! We really just had a beautiful morning. First I need to clarify a few mistakes I made in my post yesterday. Although the 9th grade was in charge of Pedals for Hope, the entire middle school actually did the bike ride. And it was a 4 day ride, not 3 like I thought. The entire ride was 100 miles, and they were able to commit to 10 miles, 20 miles, 30 miles or 40 miles. We had so many proud students! About 1/3 of the kids committed to the 40 miles...that's 40 miles in one day!
Pixie's grade (K) won the Penny Wars. One of the students' grandparents started saving pennies when their daughter was born 31 years ago, in order to send her to Hawaii when she graduated. She ended up going on that trip, but they never cashed the pennies in, they just kept collecting them. When they heard about Pedals for Hope, they donated all of them to Kindergarten! There were over $400 in pennies from Kindergarten!
The students wanted to pass last year's total of $5400 total raised, and the 9th graders wanted to set a goal of $9,500! The teachers were in a tough spot, not wanting to discourage the students, but also wanting them to be realistic. We are such a small school after all.
I don't think there was a dry eye in the house when one of the 9th graders presented a check to the Cancer Institute for over $10,000! There was so much screaming and jumping around by the 9th graders, they hadn't been told what the final total was, and the last they had heard they were still really short of their goal.
My girls are on the far right end.
Note the student on the left end. This is not a girl. This is "Z". Last year he thought the Locks of Love concept was so cool that he decided to grow his hair out for the whole year so he could donate it today!
One more shot of before...
They of course just chopped the ponytail and cleaned it up a bit, no styling or product, so I'm excited to play around with it this weekend and see what fun things we can do!