Hike/Bike fundraiser is Saturday

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On Saturday, Blessings of Summit & Portage Counties will hold the 15th annual Hike/Bike Fundraiser for Blessings, its main fundraising event for the year.

Anyone interested in supporting the nonprofit organization may participate in the Blessings Hike/Bike, annually held on the Saturday before Mother's Day.

Participants should collect pledges for a three-, six-, or eight-mile walk, run, or bike ride which begins at 10 a.m. at the Metro Parks trailhead at Stow-Munroe Falls High School.

Registration forms/sponsor sheets may be obtained at

www.graceinkent.org/blessings or by calling 330-678-9019.

"The Hike/Bike event provides our largest source of income each year, allowing us to continue to help teen mothers finish their high school education by providing them financial assistance for child care," said Jeanette Abell, Discipleship Coordinator of Blessings. "It is also an opportunity for the students enrolled to give back in appreciation for the services they receive."

Each teen being served by the Blessings program participates in the Hike/Bike event.

Blessings was created in 1995 to promote the personal responsibility of teen parents to complete their education by ­providing them with a mentor and childcare money.

The GRADS (Graduation, Reality and Dual-Role Skills) Advisory Committee of the Six District Educational Compact had realized many teen parents drop out of school under the weight of parental, financial, educational, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Blessings exists ­today to help these young parents stay in school, function as a family, and become capable and independent citizens.

The organization combines the expertise of church, school, and community in order to nurture a student's overall growth.

Blessings of Summit & Portage Counties has served students from the Six District Educational Compact (Cuyahoga Falls, Hudson, Kent, Stow-Munroe Falls, Tallmadge, and Woodridge school systems) and all Portage County schools for 17 years.

More information is available at the website www.graceinkent.org/blessings.

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Current Blessings student Briell Cooke (red Ohio State sweatshirt), who is a senior at Woodridge High School and will be graduating this June, participated in the Hike/Bike Fundraiser for Blessings of Summit & Portage Counties, last year with her family.

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