Clarion SAAC & Clarion Christian Pre-school Team Up For St. Jude's

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Clarion SAAC & Clarion Christian Pre-School

(CLARION, PA.): Clarion Christian Pre-School and Clarion University Athletics – specifically the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, teamed up to help raise $1,431 on May 2 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tn.
Clarion Christian Pre-School, which is led by director and teacher Holly Gourley, organized a Trike-a-Thon with the Clarion SAAC Committee through Associate Athletic Director Wendy Snodgrass, which was held on Friday, May 2 at Waldo S. Tippin Gymnasium. Sixteen pre-school children ages 4-5, took pledges and pedaled around a course set up at Tippin Gym that resulted in Clarion Christian Pre-School raising the $1,431.00 for children at St. Jude’s.
“Each year our pre-schoolers do a project that encourages them to give back. When we learned of the St. Jude’s Trike-a-Thon, I knew it was a perfect fit for us,” said Gourley. “Our children knew they were riding their bikes to help other kids get the special medicines they need at St. Jude’s and they liked the idea. The curriculum also taught the children about bike safety, which was another plus. We would like to thank Wendy Snodgrass and the SAAC Committee for helping us organize the event at Tippin Gym, setting up our course and tearing down afterwards. We look forward to working with Wendy, SAAC and Clarion University in the future.
The Clarion University SAAC Committee, led by President Emilee Gysegem, V-P Megan Toddy and Treasurer Lindsay Finke, is made up of two members representing each varsity intercollegiate athletic team at Clarion University. The group works on a number of projects during the year, including raising money for Make-A-Wish, and collecting food at Thanksgiving and donating to a local food bank.
“We were happy to join with Clarion Christian Pre-School on such a worthwhile project,” said Snodgrass. “We are hoping to make this an annual event.”

Pictured: L-R: Front row - Hayden Fleeger, Mattie Wayland, Eliza Datko, Taylor Cloak, Kaden Hanna, Lillie Hauser, Maggie Snodgrass, Lillian Kiskadden. Row 2, Callie Snodgrass, Jacob Allen, Lila Gourley, Dylan Smail, Reese Runyan, Owen Bohlander, Matthew Weaver. Row 3, Wade Reichelderfer & Ian Lindsey (CUP Men’s Swimming), Lindsey Finke (CUP Women’s Golf); Michelle Kiser, November Simko, Holly Gourley (Clarion Pre-School); Matt Koerper (CUP Football), Eric White (CUP Baseball).

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