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Car wash competition benefits Special Olympics

POSTED: April 12, 2013 12:27 a.m.

All five of Forsyth’s public high schools will come together in sudsy competition for a good cause Saturday.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the students will take part in Special Olympics Forsyth first Soak & Scrub High School Car Wash Challenge.

Peggy Franken, one of the organizers, said each school will wash vehicles at a different site.

“Then at 3:30 [p.m.], we’ll all meet over at the Burger King on Ronald Reagan Boulevard … and we have a trophy made and we’ll see which school raised the most money,” she said, noting that the goal for each school is at least $1,000.

The schools and car wash sites are as follows:

• Central at Lowe’s on Market Place Boulevard

• Lambert at Subway, Mathis Airport Highway and Old Atlanta Road

• North at Coal Mountain Elementary School

• South at Burger King, Ronald Reagan Boulevard and Hwy. 141

• West at Midway Building Supply, Hwy. 9 and Post Road

The school that collects the most money will claim the trophy and bragging rights.

Residents are invited to support the school of their choice and get a thorough car wash.

Franken said Special Olympic athletes and their “typical peers” will be working together to raise money at all the locations.

Many of those typical peers will also be helping the athletes during the Special Olympics Spring Games, which will be held April 19 at Central.

During the games — which last year drew more than 300 special needs athletes from local elementary, middle and high schools — the athletes are paired with regular education “buddies.”

“Most of those kids who are going to be with them next Friday at the spring games, we’re hoping they’ll come out Saturday to spend some time with them to build stronger communities,” Franken said.

“My whole thought in this was building communities within the individual schools, plus a little competition never hurt anybody.”

Susan Darlington, transition coordinator with the school system, said she’s looking forward to the event.

“It is just such a great community effort to see everyone come together in the cause of Special Olympics,” she said. “We couldn’t be more grateful to our community and we just think this is going to be something that is going to become an annual event.”


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