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Moline Schools Kick Off "Share Joys" Campaign

Students at Moline High School are preparing their annual fundraiser for needy students.

This year's Share Joys campaign includes a raffle, a Cookie Cram, and the traditional donut-eating contest to kick things off on Wednesday.

Sylvia Salinas, Student Activities Directors at Moline High School, says the fundraiser helps families in need buy clothes for the winter season.

"It's a super cool tradition that dates back, I want to say, to like, the 50s. So for any person that has passed Moline High School hallways, a lot of people say that it's one of their favorite memories of high school. So it's something really cool that the kids look forward to every single year."

The goal is to raise around $30,000 dollars before Friday.

At the Cookie Cram Wednesday, district principals will dress up and compete to eat the most cookies. Lanae Harding, the other Student Activities Director, says there's a link on the Moline-Coal Valley School District Website for those who want to donate.

On that website, there's also an option to choose the school that you'd like to support. And the money goes toward that teacher, that principal participating, but it all comes back to those students who are going to be buying clothes."

Since it started in 1949, Share Joys has raised more than 1.2 million dollars for students in need.