photo by KENNETH FRY

Derald Porter and Kelton Inge, members of the Crawford County Optimist Club, present a $1,500 check to Karen Beckner, director of Hope Academy, and two of the students who attend the after-school program. From left are Joey Winters, Porter, Beckner, Inge and David Umana. The funds were generated by the club’s Elf Run in December.