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Fun run to help Rector Helping Hands Foundation

RECTOR, AR (KAIT) -

Rector is known for its annual Labor Day Picnic, but another event is gaining ground in popularity.

The annual Labor Day 5K Fun Run benefits for the Rector Helping Hands Foundation happens on Saturday, Sep. 5 at 8 a.m.

All proceeds go directly to helping disadvantaged students.

The Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation, established in 2006, helps meet the short-term financial needs of disadvantaged students in Rector schools.

They assist students with basic health care, food and school supplies.

“We are a rural community," organizer Barbi Anderson said. "We have a lot of children that can’t go to the doctor. They can’t go to the dentist.  Not only that, when you’re in school, you should get to do anything that you want.”

Anderson explained that the goal is to remove impediments for students.

“If they want to be in band, if they want to go to FFA conference, the money is there to help,” Anderson said.

The U.S. Census information shows 24.7% of families in Rector have incomes below the poverty level and 44.8% of children in Rector live in female-headed single parent households.

The Fun Run is officiated by Stearns Racing and open to walkers or runners of any age. The registration cost is $25.

To sign up, go to raceroster.com/events/2015.

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