Fifth-grade siblings Rylee and Sydney Hardin held bake sales and raised more than $600 for the Batson Children’s Hospital.
On Friday at Eastside Elementary School, they were surprised with the “Everyday Heroes” award from Wal-Mart. Clinton Store Manager Eddie Robinson said Wal-Mart is holding a national campaign to raise $25 million for Children’s Miracle Network, with money raised by stores staying in their local community.
“We know there are kids all over the country who are making a difference in their community,” he said. “This year we want to honor our young community heroes, ordinary kids who are doing extraordinary things, by giving them everything they need to conquer the school year like the superheroes they are.”
As part of the award, the 10-year-old twin girls received a basket of school supplies each from Wal-Mart in Clinton.
“We had a cousin who had to get stitches and went to Batson, and that was on our minds,” Rylee said. “One year we donated our birthday presents to Batson, and we wanted to do more.”
The girls sold baked goods at holiday markets and the local farmer’s market.
“We are so proud of these girls for making an impact in their community,” said Eastside Principal Cindy Hamil. “They are heroes, and it’s wonderful that they are being recognized this way.”
Eastside Elementary School fifth-graders Sydney and Rylee Hardin (front, from left) received the “Everyday Heroes” Award from Wal-Mart for raising more than $600 for Batson Children’s Hospital. Representatives from Wal-Mart in Clinton presented the award, including (back, from left) Sabrina Regan, asset protection manager; Brenda Cook, training coordinator; and Eddie Robinson, store manager; and Eastside Elementary Principal Cindy Hamil.