Though classes don’t begin until Monday, the school year got off to a running start at Camden High School on Saturday, as students organized a color run and day of activities to raise money for the United Way of Kershaw County.
It was part of the school’s annual fundraising competition with Lugoff-Elgin High School leading up to the schools’ rivalry football game. To the winner of the friendly cash battle will go the “Caring Cup” trophy, currently held by Camden thanks to the school’s $22,000 campaign last year.
The two schools together raised more than $38,000 last year and have brought in more than $118,000 for the United Way in the past five years.
“For the students, (we) realize that it’s good to give back” to the community, said Clarke Allen, 17, Camden’s student body secretary. “Our motto is ‘Bulldogs give back,’ so it’s a way that we live our motto and a time to bring the community all together.”
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Fundraising will go on all week at both schools, with events such as car washes and fast-food donation nights scheduled. On Thursday, Lugoff-Elgin will have a Dog Roast and meet-and-greet night with the football team and cheerleaders at their stadium.
The winner of this year’s Caring Cup will be announced at halftime of Friday’s football game at Lugoff-Elgin.