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Pennies for push-ups

Heather Rowe demonstrates her push-up prowess Friday, May 15, at Mount Si High School. Rowe is in teacher Joe Dockery’s digital imaging class, among the top fundraisers in the “Pennies for Push-ups” benefit to help Relay for Life. - Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record
Heather Rowe demonstrates her push-up prowess Friday, May 15, at Mount Si High School. Rowe is in teacher Joe Dockery’s digital imaging class, among the top fundraisers in the “Pennies for Push-ups” benefit to help Relay for Life.
— image credit: Seth Truscott / Snoqualmie Valley Record

A good cause can inspire people to do amazing things.

The upcoming Snoqualmie Valley Relay for Life is inspiring enough to get members of the Mount Si High School Key Club to perform hundreds, perhaps thousands of push-ups in recent weeks, during a “Pennies for Push-ups” fundraiser supporting Relay teams.

Instructor Joe Dockery said the group asked for a penny for each push-up or sit-up, although some students brought in a lot more money than their workouts alone accounted for.

In all, students raised $680, blowing through their $150 goal.

Two of Dockery’s classes competed for bragging rights. Students in his second-period class raised $200 by themselves, and one girl did 500 sit-ups on the final day.

The competition built up slowly. At first, students didn’t want to do the push-ups, but were soon motivated by the cause.

“It made me feel better that people would be helped,” student Abigail Stokes said.

“There’s no reason you shouldn’t do it,” said student Helen Hasbun. She figured the combination of toned abdominal muscles, helping others and the thrill of a pizza party for the winning team were strong motivation.

“It definitely will continue,” Stokes said.

Push-ups are already intrinsic to Dockery’s classes. If they misbehave, he makes them do push-ups.

“I’d rather get it out of the way, and have them get in shape, too,” he said.

• The Mount Si High School Key Club is holding a community garage sale, Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31, at CTT Destinations, 8429 Falls Ave. S.E., Snoqualmie.

The club is accepting new or gently used items for the sale, raising money for Relay for Life. Bigger or more valuable items will be sold on a 20 percent commission basis.

Items can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the week before the sale at CTT Destinations, or by calling (425) 831-0367.

Any items not sold during the event will taken to several charities.

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