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Covenant School event benefits children's hospital

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- About 200 people weren't playing any reindeer games as they pounded the pavement during the 3rd annual Run Rudolph 5K Saturday morning in downtown Huntington.

The event is organized and hosted by Covenant School in Huntington, and it annually raises thousands of dollars for the Hoops Family Children's Hospital at Cabell Huntington Hospital, said Mindy Stanley, first-grade teacher and grammar school principal at Covenant School.

She said the event has grown and evolved during the past three years.

"We wanted to make it a community, a whole family event for the morning," Stanley said. "When we first started this, the runners would be running, and their families were standing around and didn't have anything to do. We thought we would like to get the kids and everyone involved."

Stanley said they were very near their $10,000 fundraising goal, which also goes toward Covenant School's scholarship program.

When the race started at 8 a.m., spectators were free to roam around Pullman Plaza, where many of the businesses became part of the event.

Breakfast with Santa was available at Rooster's for $5, which was enough for guests to get pancakes, sausage, bacon, milk, coffee, and, most importantly for Stanley, warmth.

The Pottery Place also offered a warm space for guests, who for another $5 could paint an ornament. The proceeds from both of those events also will be donated to the children's hospital, Stanley said.

Members of the Missio Dei Church, located in Pullman Square, also provided hot chocolate for those who elected to stay outside and watch the race or play one of several games that were set up in the square.

Students from the school will have the opportunity to personally present a check to the hospital, Stanley said. Last year, Claudia Berlin's 6th-grade class handled that responsibility.

She said being able to support the hospital was worthwhile for teachers and students.

"It was so rewarding to go there and see the new wing," Berlin said. "They showed us everything, and it makes you feel like you're doing something to help the community."

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