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April 24, 2014

Hazel Park Schools support LLS at ‘Spring Jubilee’

May 2-3 event includes rummage sale, Cancer Walk

By Andy Kozlowski
C & G Staff Writer

HAZEL PARK — Every other year, Hazel Park Schools has a rummage sale for a good cause. And this year, that sale has grown into something much larger.

Organized by the Hazel Park High School Board of Directors, the Spring Jubilee will take place May 2-3 at the school, 23400 Hughes Avenue. There will be a two-day rummage sale in the high school’s auxiliary gym — 4-8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday — where people can make a profit by spring-cleaning and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s ongoing research into a cure for blood cancer.

The table rental fees — $15 per 8-foot table — go to the cause. The vendors then keep all of the profit. People also have the option to donate their goods to the sale itself; the sale will then sell the items, and the money made on them will go to LLS.

On May 3, there is also the Cancer Walk, which will be held at the high school’s newly renovated track. Walkers set their own goal and collect donations, also for LLS. Four laps around the track equal one mile. There will be an “honor wall” where people can write down the names of those they know who have dealt with blood cancer.

Rounding out the Spring Jubilee are a variety of other offerings: raffles, a bake sale, concessions, ice cream, music and a “Kidz Korner” with inflatables, face-painting, crafts, games and more. People will also have the opportunity to check out a fire truck.  Proceeds from the various sales all go to LLS.

With regards to the rummage sale, this is the third time the district has held the biannual event. The first year, it benefitted the Maggie Dimas Foundation, named in honor of a young girl who lost her battle with blood cancer. She was the daughter of two teachers in the district. The second rummage sale was for the Promise Zone, which sends all graduating Hazel Park High students to college; attendees can learn more about the Promise Zone, as well as the district’s state-of-the-art facilities, at the Spring Jubilee.

The LLS connection for this year’s event came about through Cheryl Kelly, a math teacher at Hazel Park High. Her husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma about a year and a half ago.

“We are seeing the rough road many people have to go down, so I wanted to do something to try and help those who are going through the same thing,” Kelly said. “So many people have been in our lives helping us that I wanted to do the same thing. I felt this would be a good thing to do.”

Recently, Kelly and her colleague Toby Gordon, English teacher at Hazel Park High, visited the district’s elementary schools with the students on the Board of Directors. There, they taught the kids about blood cancer.

“We want them to realize even they can help,” Kelly said. “We’re asking everyone to try to get donations for LLS. There’s no minimum or anything.”

Five Hazel Park High seniors are credited with the planning and legwork for the rummage sale and the Spring Jubilee: Courtney Coombs, Chantelle Khella, Kayla Price, Erin Shelton and Katie Sterner.

Gordon is advising the students on the Cancer Walk, while Kelly is advising them on the rummage sale and the Spring Jubilee. The event will go on rain or shine.

“A big part of this Spring Jubilee is we want to showcase what (Hazel Park Schools) have to offer,” Gordon said.

To reserve your 8-foot table in the rummage sale for $15, send a letter to Hazel Park High School, T. Gordon, B.O.D., 23400 Hughes, Hazel Park, MI 48030, with the following information: Your name, address, phone number, email and the amount of money enclosed, with checks made payable to HPHS, and “Rummage Sale” on the memo line. Also note in the letter whether you’re reserving a table for the sale on both Friday (4-8 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.), or just Saturday. You will receive follow-up confirming your reservation and providing instructions on setup.  

For more information about the Spring Jubilee, call (248) 658-5104.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Andy Kozlowski at akozlowski@candgnews.com or at (586)279-1104.