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CHS, L-EHS rivalry week to raise money for United Way

Football game featured on Maxpreps

Posted: September 12, 2013 3:23 p.m.
Updated: September 13, 2013 5:00 a.m.

At a time when some rival high schools steal each other’s mascot or paint graffiti on the other team’s football field, students from Lugoff-Elgin High (LEHS) and Camden High (CHS) use the time to give back to the community through the United Way of Kershaw County.

And what a way to give back—in the past four years, the two schools have raised over $80,000. Last year’s total alone was nearly $30,000.

This year, both high school principals have upped the ante with personal pledges to receive "buzz haircuts" depending upon the individual school’s results.

The schools’ rivalry efforts have even been recognized at the national level. MaxPreps.com—a division of CBSSports.com that tracks high school sports across the country—will highlight the CHS vs. LEHS game as one of only 11 this fall featured through its Rivalry Series. Officials with MaxPreps will spend time with both teams during the week before their big game, providing fans an in-depth look at how each team, school and community support their favorite teams.

Both schools kick off the week’s events with activities on Saturday, Sept. 14. Camden High is hosting a Color Run starting at 9 a.m. in the school’s parking lot while later that afternoon, Lugoff-Elgin High students will hold a "Meet the Demons" field day for elementary aged students from 1 to 4 p.m. at their school.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, Camden High students will be washing cars from 1 to 6 p.m. at First Community Bank.

Local restaurants are helping out by donating a percentage of their profits to each school on certain nights. LEHS will benefit from customers who eat at Sonic in Lugoff on Monday, Sept. 16 from 4 to 8 p.m., San Jose in Lugoff on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Chick-fil-A in Camden on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Camden High will receive a percentage of the sales from persons who eat at Zaxby’s in Camden on Monday, Sept. 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., Chick-fil-A in Camden on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Sonic in Camden on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 5 to 8 p.m.

CHS is also holding its open house on Monday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. where they will be selling Fatz pancake breakfast tickets for $7 each.

LEHS has a different spirit dress day for students each day. On Monday, students will wear pajamas, Tuesday is "Twin Day" and Wednesday will feature 1980s clothing. On Thursday, students will dress like super heroes and wear red and blue on Friday. LEHS is also selling "Beat Camden" t-shirts and LE rally towels as well as holding a "Pie in the Face" contest between teachers Trish Wilson and Lauren Thompson.

The week’s highlight will be at halftime of the CHS vs. LEHS football game being played this year at Zemp stadium when students from both schools step out on the field and reveal the dollar amount raised over the course of the week.

Either way, the community is the true winner.

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