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Roseville students jingle all the way

Eich students dash to raise cash at annual Jingle Bell Run
By: Sena Christian, The Press Tribune
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An eighth grade boy known for his speed raced down the track by Cirby Creek near Eich Intermediate School on Friday, determined to finish first.

Logan Taggert met his goal, once again crossing the finish line first during the Roseville school’s eighth annual Jingle Bell Run. The run is the grand finale of a holiday fundraiser to help local families in need. Logan bought a $5 bib to participate in the run and the money went to the cause.

“It makes me feel warm inside,” he said.

The school raised $2,200 to buy 35 holiday meals for families with children at Eich Intermediate School who are financially struggling. Each grocery bag contains vegetables, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and a turkey. Recipients also received a $25 Target gift card.

“It’s not going to save the world but it helps raise the spirit for the holidays,” said physical education teacher Casey O’Hair.

He and the two other P.E. teachers organize the Jingle Bell Run. They partnered with Raley’s on the project — two coaches at the school are also managers for the supermarket.

Students, teachers and staff donated to the fundraiser by purchasing bibs. Students could also buy the chance to fire water balloons at their teachers during the race.

“We asked volunteer teachers to go out there and make targets of themselves,” O’Hair said. “That’s how we get the kids fired up.”

Student Lisa Harper raised the most money at $100 by buying bibs as Christmas presents for 20 of her friends.

“Last year, I donated $100 because the money was going to Type 1 diabetes, and we had a dog who passed away,” Lisa said. “He was 11, and he had Type 1 diabetes.”

In previous years, funds from the Jingle Bell Run benefitted the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Gathering Inn. But this year, organizers decided to look closer to home.

Principal Marc Buljan said during the holidays his students are eager to contribute to causes that help those less fortunate.

“The nice thing about this is these kids are bringing in their own money and it’s going to our families,” Buljan said. “It’s amazing our kids volunteer their money and time for the good of other people. It warms your heart.”

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.