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CRJ Students Participate in Special Olympics Torch Run

JALC Criminal Justice students gather for a group shot in Carbondale prior to the start of the Special Olympics Torch Relay earlier this month. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

JALC Criminal Justice students gather for a group shot in Carbondale prior to the start of the Special Olympics Torch Relay earlier this month. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – When it comes to raising money for a good cause, there’s a good chance that the John A. Logan College Criminal Justice Department is involved.

From left, Salvador Tomas, Shelby Counts and Sarah Stevenson were asked to participate in WSIL television interviews prior to the start of the torch run. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

From left, Salvador Tomas, Shelby Counts and Sarah Stevenson were asked to participate in WSIL television interviews prior to the start of the torch run. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

Already well known for collecting thousands of dollars to help fund canine units for area police departments, CRJ students have also raised money for Special Olympics the last three summers.

Earlier this month, the Logan contingent raised $2,367 as part of the Illinois Law Enforcement Special Olympics Torch Run hosted by the Carbondale Police Department. The class also raised an additional $3,500 in February when participating in the Polar Plunge.

The run began in Carbondale and concluded at Rent One Park in Marion with all participants making their way around the field to a hearty ovation just prior to the start of a Southern Illinois Miners home game.

Nathan Hafeli relaxes for a moment with his classmates prior to beginning the torch run. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

Nathan Hafeli relaxes for a moment with his classmates prior to beginning the torch run. (Photo courtesy Jon LeBlond)

CRJ students participating from Logan were: Sarah Stevenson, Mariah Hubbard, Ryne Bryant, Haley Schultz, Tyler Drake, Salvador Tomas, Ryan Thompson, Jessica Stucker, Jason Hubbard, Caitlin Asbury, Nathan Hafeli, Lindsay Ashbury, Jose Flores, Ale Barben, Shelby Counts, Arika Murray, Jennifer Wiseman, Andrew Martinez, Anthony Parrino, Scott Schwendner, Cayle Diggins, Dylan Pyron, Taylar Morgan.

CRJ instructor Rick Ellett said he was pleased with his class’s enthusiastic support of the event.

“We try to do what we can to increase the kids’ civic engagement,” Ellett said. “And it doesn’t get much better than interacting with Special Olympians. Several of our kids have told me what a great experience this was for them.”