The Children’s Learning Center at Hagerstown Community College recently participated in a Trike-A-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
More than 50 children between the ages of three and five participated in the event, which lasted for five days. Children learned safety lessons throughout the week and demonstrated those safety lessons to parents and staff on the last day of the Trike-A-Thon. Parents helped their children obtain sponsors for the event, which raised $670 for St. Jude’s Hospital.
“It’s fun to see the children get excited about learning and safety,” said Brenda Butler, a teacher at the HCC Children’s Learning Center. “Trike-A-Thon gives us the opportunity to teach the children valuable safety lessons while also helping children who are battling cancer at St. Jude.”
According to the hospital’s website, St. Jude depends on community-based fundraising programs like Trike-A-Thon to cover the cost of treatment for its patients. The hospital directly absorbs medical costs not covered by insurance so that no child is denied treatment due to a family’s inability to pay. The daily operating cost for St. Jude is $1.5 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions.
HCC’s Children’s Learning Center supports the child care needs of HCC students, faculty, and staff, and provides a learning laboratory for college students interested in working with young children. Children between the ages of two through five are accepted into the program. To learn more about the Children’s Learning Center, visit www.hagerstowncc.edu/student-services/childrens-learning-center . To learn more about the Trike-A-Thon or St. Jude’s Hospital, go to www.stjude.org/trike .
From left: Trike-A-Thon participants Braedon Palmer, Tobin Kroll, Jahdai English, Bryce Frushour, Persephone Heister, Guyan Kahangirwe, Gavin Palmer, and Forever Spurgeon.