Red noses and silly faces

Students at Central Elementary School participated in a fundraiser for Red Nose Day, the annual event sponsored by Walgreens to help fight child poverty. Wearing their red noses and making silly faces for the cause, front row from left, are: Xavier Neal, kindergarten; Neal Duke, Walgreens store manager, and Dakota Hastings, second grade. Pictured on the back row, from left, are second graders Lamaya McShan, Santasia Adams and Mckinzie Pruitt. Photo by Caitlyn Sweet

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