Helen Haller students Alex Kruckeberg, left, and Marcus Sheldon ready for rides home in a limo and a fire truck on Dec. 21 as a reward for earning the most for the school’s Turkey Trot in November. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Helen Haller students Alex Kruckeberg, left, and Marcus Sheldon ready for rides home in a limo and a fire truck on Dec. 21 as a reward for earning the most for the school’s Turkey Trot in November. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Helen Haller students win special trips from Turkey Trot for Christmas

Two students at Helen Haller Elementary ran their heart out before Thanksgiving and received a nice present for Christmas.

First-grader Marcus Sheldon and fifth-grader Alex Kruckeberg earned rides in a fire truck and limousine for raising the most for the Nov. 21 Turkey Trot. The school’s Parent Teacher Organization, PTO, and school staff led students in grades K-5 to run, jog and/or walk for 30 minutes after seeking donations from family and friends to support the school’s “Six Books for Summer” program and a rock-climbing wall. Organizers said they raised a little more than $9,334 towards the effort.

Sheldon rode home on Dec. 21 in a fire truck via Clallam County Fire District 3, and Kruckeberg in a limo via 7 Cedars Casino. They also received hot chocolates and sweets.

Will Ebling, first grade, also received a four-pack of tickets to the Olympic Game Farm, and Avery Morris, a fourth grader, received a four-pack of tickets to Deer Park Cinemas for earning the second most in their age brackets.

Aiden Akers, a second-grader, Mason Rapelje, a fourth-grader, and Nolan Bacchus, a third-grader, ran the most laps for their age brackets, too, and received a YMCA shirt and a Turkey Trot medallion.

The top lap runner for each grade received school spirit wear too.

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