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Teacher Will Hike Mt. Whitney To Raise Money

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A fourth grade teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Twin Falls wants to hike Mt. Whitney in California to raise money for kids.

Sonja Evans is a volunteer coach at Lincoln Elementary School for the Lincoln Lions Running Club. She won a contest through Backpacker Magazine to hike Mt. Whitney. Evans wants to raise money to help inner city kids participate in hikes with Denver-based Big City Mountaineers.

Evans says, "I will raise money for at-risk children who need to have some outdoor awareness and need support with their healthy lifestyles."

Evans says she's raising awareness for her running club to make sure kids have healthy goals, eat right, and exercise regularly. Evans says the money raised will help at risk children learn healthy lifestyles.

Evans says, "They take inner city kids and do a mentoring program with them on backpacking weekend trips during the summer and through the school year."

Evans says the mountaineering program keeps track of their students during the school year, to make sure they stay out of trouble.

The fundraiser will be held at the Bake House in Twin Falls Saturday December 15th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 a person or $20 a family.

Evans says, "We're going to have live music and a family atmosphere. We're going to have a silent auction for outdoor equipment. And we have lots of great sponsors like Anytime Fitness and Ooh La La."

Nov. 16, 2012.


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