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Friday, March 22, 2013

Salem Optimists and Country Financial bring the Kids Relays back this year

2012 COUNTRY Kids Relays
T-Shirt Contest Design Winner,
by Alice Cooney
The Optimist Club of Salem, Oregon has once again teamed up with Country Financial and the City of Salem Public Works Department to coordinate the 39th Annual Country Kids Relays. The event will take place on May 18, 2013 at Willamette University, McCulloch Stadium.

The track event is a unique competition open to students in 1st through 5th grades. All races are 4x100 meter relays except for the main event of the day, the Mayor's Mile.

The entry deadline for schools was March 20; however, kids began preparing for the event on March 4. Through the event, children learn to compete individually, as a team, and as a community. They share positive values, enjoy friendly competition, and most important, they encourage others to take part.

Country Financial came on as the presenting sponsor for the event only a few years ago. It brought new opportunities for students to participate, namely, the t-shirt design contest. Open to the same age group, children have until April 5 to submit their design. In addition to shirts being made with the winner's design, his or her school will receive a $1,000 award and a pizza party for the student's class. The theme is "One team, one dream." Find out more at Country Financial.

Finally, the sponsors are helping the South Salem High AVID class with a community service project to collect One Thousand Soles. It's their goal to collect 1,000 pairs of new or gently used tennis shoes that can be redistributed to those in need. What a great project!

Great job, Salem Optimists and Country Financial!