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Linden youth raise $385 for GECAC tutoring
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Megan Germann and Mallory Luck didn’t have any experience with Give Every Child a Chance prior to two weeks ago.

For both Linden students, there was a decent-sized buffer between their educational world and the school districts that have incorporated the after-school tutoring program started by the late philanthropist Antone Raymus as a way to keep children focused on their school work.

But when the duo went searching for a worthy cause to benefit a dunk tank they wanted to host at the annual Linden Cherry Festival three weeks ago, a tip from a teacher turned them towards the program – one that they both say they want to be a part of if it ever makes out to their school.

“We really wanted to do something for children, and we wanted to do something that we could have fun but at the same time know that the proceeds were going to a good cause,” said Germann. “The weather was great, and we had a really good time while raising money for something that benefits kids.”

Together the tandem recruited friends, teachers, and even their principal to sit in the tank – wearing a suit and tie and all – in order to benefit the organization.

They managed to raise more than $385 after covering their expenses, and more than 800 tosses were recorded by the time the day wrapped up.

And while they aren’t full-fledged tutors for the organization yet, GECAC Program Director Chuck Crutchfield – who accepted the check from the girls – said that expansion into new areas is always a possibility.

“We’re always grateful when people do things like this to support the organization,” said Crutchfield. “And you never know what might happen down the road when it comes to bringing the program to a school in that area. It’s good to know that we already have people there that support what we’re doing.”