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Bikers (with really cute helmets) pedal for St. Jude

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PEORIA (WEEK) - As our COVID situation takes a turn toward further improvement, we found some grade school students in Peoria taking a few turns of their own for a good cause.

St. Mark Catholic Grade School held a trike-a-thon Wednesday to benefit St. Jude.

It's something they wanted to do last, year.

But COVID-19 slammed the brakes on that idea.

With online donations, and other options, this event brought in more than $4,000.

"We've just had a really great turnout. And then, we had little jars in each of the classrooms. And so, the upper grades can just bring in their money. We have one little buddy in 1st grade who brought in his entire piggy bank," said Andrea Whitten, a teacher at St. Mark's.

"And something special about it this year, for our class, is that we have a student who's currently receiving care at the St. Jude affiliate here in Peoria and also in Memphis. So, that adds a little bit extra to the heart, for the kids," Whitten said.

The St. Jude Telethon will be held in July here on 25 News.

Tyler Lopez

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