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Kids Helping Kids: Pageants Started with Mr. Irish

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High school seniors throughout western Oregon are helping the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) through the Kids Helping Kids program.

The program began at Sheldon High School.

“They really created this legacy for this community and for (Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend),” said Alexa Sharps of Children’s Miracle Network.

Every year for the past 20 years, senior boys have competed for the title of Mr. Irish and collected thousands of dollars for CMN.

“This program has made an impact on a lot of young people’s lives,” Sharps said.

“We’re very proud of that, but obviously it’s spread. We’re happy to spread it with other schools,” said Mr. Irish Contestant Dylan Johnson.

Not only was it the first pageant of its kind, Mr. Irish is also traditionally the first of the season.

“There’s a little bit of pride. I love our school, so I have to hold that above the rivals,” said Peter Anderson.

In the meantime, they might win themselves a crown and the title of Mr. Irish.

“It’s a competition, but we’re not too competitive. We just try to work together and make it more of a team effort,” Johnson said.

“I feel like we’re ready. We’ve been going for four or five months now — practicing, dancing, working on our talents and videos. I just feel like we’re ready,” Anderson said.

“It’s a great program to raise money for babies and families who don’t have enough money to pay for the bills. So I think it’s a great cuase,” Johnson said.

You can donate to Children’s Miracle Network by clicking here or listening to the KOOL Cares for Kids Radiothon on KOOL 99.1 FM this Thursday and Friday.

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