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Cheerleaders raise money for Relay for Life

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The cheerleaders of Collins High School had a House of Trees fundraiser to help Relay For Life (and the American Cancer Society).

By Lisa King

Collins High School cheerleaders held their first House of Trees fundraiser for Relay For Life on Saturday.

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Jerilyn Hanks, cheerleading coach and special education teacher at Collins, said the event brought in $900 from the sale of 15 decorated Christmas trees that were on display at the school’s cafeteria.

“We were pleased with our first time, and we will definitely hold it again next year,” she said.

The event featured a children’s choir from Simpsonville Elementary, Bobcat Chorus, and Santa dropped in for a couple of hours in the afternoon.

The event is a spin-off of the House of Trees event that has been held in Lawrenceburg for the past three years, as well as various places in other states.

Terry York, who attended the event, said she chose one of the taller trees to bid on.
“I wanted that one for my office at work,” she said. “It just looks so beautiful, and I really love that traditional, old-fashioned holiday look.”

Christina Rannells, 7, said she talked her mom into bidding on small tree for her room.

“I like the one decorated in yellow with the butterflies on it,” she said, gesturing to one of several smaller trees arranged on tables lining the wall in the cafeteria.