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Pace raises more than $1,000 for Red Nose Day

May 26, 2017 GMT

Hundreds of Pace Early College High School students donned red noses Thursday afternoon, gathered around a shiny new Brownsville Fire Department fire engine in front of their school and added an exclamation point to a successful fundraising drive to combat childhood hunger.

Thursday was Red Nose Day in Brownsville and around the world. Comic Relief started the fundraising effort three years ago in the United States after launching the drive to end childhood poverty by raising awareness and money from a refugee camp in Sudan in 1985.

The third annual fundraiser for Red Nose Day in the U.S. was scheduled to air on NBC at 9 p.m. Thursday.

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But red noses have been on sale for weeks at Walgreens stores around Brownsville. They have been selling like crazy at Pace, valedictorian Michael Maldonado said.

Pace Principal Rose Longoria said Port Isabel Walgreens manager Hugo Rivera, a Pace graduate, contacted her about selling red noses at Pace as a fundraising project. She said she saw it as a perfect fit and put the National Honor Society in charge of the project.

“When I heard about it, I said, ‘Yes, we want to do that,’” Longoria said. “I’m always looking for things the kids can do to give back to the community, and all the money stays here in Brownsville.”

glong@brownsvilleherald.com

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