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JMCSS schools raise money for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

A breeze blew over the front lawn of Nova Early Learning Center on Friday.

The breeze with mild temperatures and sunshine with blue sky provided a fitting backdrop for a party.

So music was playing over loudspeakers as pre-K children filed out to the outdoor area, where each class would settle in the shade under a tree while they waited for the guest of honor to arrive.

And for a few minutes, the 3- and 4-year-old children of Nova were trying to encourage that guest to arrive.

“Go Jim go! Go Jim go! Go Jim go!” could be heard for a significant distance on the eastern edge of the county surrounding the school.

“They’re almost here!” shouted one of the teachers as Jim Jaggers, a longtime weatherman at WREG, a FOX affiliate television station in Memphis. Jaggers, wearing all yellow reminiscent of the leader of the Tour de France bicycle race, led a team of cyclists down Bedford White Road to Nova for a stop to speak to the students there.

He spent all of Thursday and Friday – Sept. 14-15 – riding around Jackson and making stops at schools as the students at JMCSS schools took part in his annual “Go Jim Go” fundraiser where he bikes to schools and the students raise money for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

He started doing the ride annually in Memphis in 2006 but had wanted to branch out in recent years to Jackson after Le Bonheur had opened a location on Vann Drive. Because Jaggers had a relationship with JMCSS Superintendent Marlon King from his time in Fayette County, they were able to make it happen this year.

Nova raised $1,225 for Go Jim Go, which collectively has raised more than $4 million for Le Bonheur since 2006.

“We had the kids do a trikeathon here in our gym last week, and they all brought $5 for the fundraiser and rode their tricycles around our gym a few times,” said Sundi Meyer, a teacher who coordinated the event for Nova.

Jaggers and his other riders and other crew spent about 15 minutes with the students at Nova as he told them about the ride, did a couple of greetings with them on camera for social media, drew a raffle for a free bike that student Zamir Walker won and had a good time with the students.

“This was something fun for our students to be a part of, and it was good to help a great cause like Le Bonheur,” Meyer said.

Brandon Shields,

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