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Tara Downey races Cooke's milk boxCooke Student Council participate in Milk Box Derby fundraiser

Students help raise money to benefit peer with cancer

January 18, 2013

On January 12, the members of the Cooke Elementary School Student Council participated in a Milk Box Derby fundraiser at Hunter Mountain to benefit their classmate, RJK Middle School student Alexis Bivins, who is being treated for a very rare form of cancer.

Student Council Advisors Kelly Mitchell, Kimberly Thompson and Amy Garrett had encouraged the class representatives to envision, design, create, and enter a milk carton sled into the Milk Box Derby. The students' entry, a wildly decorated pink sled complete with beads, baubles and ribbon, raced through the finish line and captured the Most Creative Award, complete with a tall trophy.

The money raised at the Milk Box Derby fundraiser will help Alexis' family with expenses for her treatment. Alexis is being treated for Primitive Undifferentiated Pediatric Sarcoma; only 18 people in the U.S. have this type of cancer.

Top photo: Tara Downey, a student council representative from Cooke Elementary School, races the milk box for the Student Council at the Milk Box Derby.The milk box and its Most Creative trophy

Bottom photo: The creative milk box created by Cooke Student Council members won the Most Creative Award, and received a trophy.