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'Jail and Bail' Event Raises Money for Cancer Research

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  It's a new way to help raise money for breast cancer.  It's called 'Jail and Bail,' and the concept is rather simple.  Students put themselves in a mock jailhouse and they set a price to get each student out.  And the students stay locked up until they raise that amount money.

To raise money, Southridge High School sold cookies, hot dogs, Italian sodas and stuffed animals to shoppers at Safeway Groceries.

But the fundraiser coordinator says they're really selling the students' high energy and school spirit, and that is what truly helps brings in the money.

"You get people to open up their hearts and as you can hear they really bring their school spirit and they help us with the money to come in for breast cancer," says Donna Rinehart, the event coordinator.  "If they weren't here we couldn't do it."

The students all receive community service points to go towards their high school diploma.  The team is trying to match last year's total of $10,000.  All the proceeds are going to the Tri-Cities Cancer Center.