Rector Labor Day Picnic Events are Slated

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Some of the talented performers being featured in the Ultimate Oldies Show
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With the Rector Labor Day weekend at hand, a variety of related events and activities are in full swing.

Tickets remain on sale for the Ultimate Oldies Show, set for 7 p.m. on Friday Sept. 1, at the Rector Community Center. The crowd favorite is returning to open the Labor Day weekend in Rector and a limited number of reserved seating tickets are still available for $20 each. General admission tickets for the show are also available for $15 each, and may be purchased at the Rector Water Department. Tickets may also be held at the will-call table, and those wanting additional information may call Linda Robinson, community center director, at 870 595-3035. All proceeds from the annual concert are earmarked for continued improvements to the community center.

With the approach of the Labor Day holiday, the Woodland Heights Cemetery Commission is once again conducting a $1,000 drawing. The drawing will take place on Monday, Sept. 4, on the main stage at the Rector Memorial Park following the Miss Rector Pageant. Persons do not have to be present to win., and tickets are $1 each, six for $5 or 25 for $20. Tickets will be available the day of the picnic and they are also available at several area businesses. Rector businesses include Honeysuckle & Home, Above & Beyond, Rector Downtown Drug, Regions Bank, Duncan Chiropractic, Glen Sain Motor Sales, Inc, Graves Gin and Centennial Bank. Kennett businesses include Glen Sain Chevy, Cadillac, GMC.

“Thanks to all of these area businesses for their continued support,” a spokesman said. Persons may also call Leah Ford at 573-717-7777 or April Lindsey at 870-239-1874 for tickets. All proceeds benefit the Woodland Heights Cemetery in Rector.

The Rector High School Helping Hands Foundation is once again hosting the Rector Labor Day 5K on Saturday, Sept. 2.

The annual race raises money to support projects funded by the Helping Hands Foundation.

"Rector is very fortunate to have a wonderful organization that helps meet the financial needs of students in the Rector public schools," said race organizer Heather Simmons.

Helping Hands offers academic scholarships for higher education to Rector students for tuition and related expenses.

In addition to scholarships, Helping Hands has provided:

* A mellophone, a marching baritone and a concert baritone for the band.

* A sunshade and benches for the elementary playground.

* Sixty-eight ULockit devices for classroom doors at the Rector preschool, elementary school and high school.

* Shoes and practice jerseys for members of the basketball team.

* Prom attire, including hair and makeup, for four girls and tuxedos for two boys.

* After game food money for basketball, football, softball and baseball players.

* Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) trip money for district and state meetings.

* Winter coats and gloves for preschool, elementary and high school students.

* Eye exams and glasses and more.

Teachers monitor their students and ask for help as the needs arise. For example, a teacher noticed a student walking in shoes that had one sole off. Helping Hands bought the student new shoes and socks the same day.

"It is through your contributions and participation that we can fund additional projects and continue our mission of fulfilling student needs in the future," Simmons said.

"Plans are well underway and we are looking to build upon the success of last year’s well-attended race. In 2016, the race was a huge success, with 270 registered participants, ranging in age from five to 79 years old. We had participants from 10 states, including Washington D.C. and Arizona.

"This race would not be possible without our generous sponsors and racers," she continued. "Please know that the RHS Helping Hands Foundation takes our responsibility seriously. Our number one goal is to help kids in need and we know we can only be effective in that task by making the most of every dollar we receive.

"When you donate to help children, you can take pride in knowing that 100 percent of what you give is used to help improve a child’s life. We maintain a strict fiscally conservative ‘zero overhead’ policy and never use Foundation funds for operating expenses.

"To accomplish this, we do everything possible to keep operating expenses to an absolute minimum. The board of directors is comprised entirely of volunteers who cover any expenses they incur on their own. This allows us to keep our focus where our focus belongs…on the kids."

The Rector Labor Day 5K will begin promptly at 8 a.m. in front of the Rector High School. The course will be a well-marked, rolling course supervised by volunteers. The race will finish in front of the high school.

Registration is $25 per participant and registrations will begin at 6:30 a.m. on race day, Sept. 2. There will be numerous door prizes awarded at the completion of the race prior to the announcement of the winners. Anyone registered for the race is eligible to win.

"We hope to see you there," Simmons said.

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