Stella the Hedgehog wins ‘special election’ in Holley

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 June 2017 at 8:10 am

Stella the Hedgehog won the special election that raised funds for the After School Friends program.

HOLLEY – The Holley Elementary Student Council held its second annual “special election” featuring four animals. Stella the Hedgehog emerged as the winner in the contest, which raised $415 for an afterschool program.

Stella’s victory was announced on Wednesday during Holley’s Flag Day celebration.

Stella is owned by Hannah Bock, an elementary instrumental music teacher. She keeps Stella in her classroom, and the animal has proven popular with students.

Stella will now serve as an ambassador for the After School Friends program.

Last year, the election was a fundraiser for the chapel at Hillside Cemetery. Gamma the Dog was the winner.

In her campaign literature, Stella was touted as being energetic and  enjoying fun. She is always excited to meet new people and make new friends. She enjoys running around, digging tunnels and playing with toys. Stella enjoys crafts and building things.

Stella was the top vote-getter against Mabel the Goat, Simon the Alpaca and Bubba the Turtle.

The After School Friends program is held each Wednesday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Holley.  The program, which is free for students in grades 4-6, is now funded through Fit 4 U, which offers nutritional programming and activities for participants.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Hannah Bock, Holley elementary instrumental music teacher, accepts the award on behalf of Stella, which was resting in her classroom during Wednesday’s Flag Day celebration.

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