A local school district’s initiative to help children with cancer has one of their athletic programs challenging others for the cause.

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month and the Hartland School District is trying to do their part. Their program, “Hartland Go Gold For Kids With Cancer” culminates with a “Gold Out” at tonight’s football game when the Eagles play the Salem Rocks. Students will have an opportunity to purchase special t-shirts and submit other donations with all proceeds going to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Donations will help with fitting rooms in the pediatric care unit.

Assistant varsity tennis coach Mark Fay said he challenged the 17 students on the team to raise funds equaling his after-taxes “salary,” before tonight’s kickoff. The team met the goal 10 days ago and has now challenged their parents, the 200 member marching band, and the rest of the fall athletic teams to do their part for the children at Mott’s. (MK)