Hatton CLC Soap Box Derby Club Recognized

Commended by the Governor
Posted on 05/17/2019
Image of Hatton CLC Soap Box Derby ClubHatton CLC teacher RaDonna Mair and her husband have been running a Soap Box Derby Club at Hatton for the past seven years. Last year and this year, she tells us they worked with fourth-graders. Last year, one of their drivers came in first place in the Stock Division at the Gravity Racing Challenge held in May.

Due to this accomplishment, Hatton's derby club was invited to the Ohio Statehouse May 15 and was given a tour of the Statehouse, recognized in the House session and the Senate session, and given commendations from Governor Mike Dewine, Senator Vernon Sykes, Representative Tavia Galonski and Secretary of State Frank LaRose of Akron.

Saturday, May 18, Hatton's derby crew will have four cars entered in the Stock Division (grades 3-5 ) for the Gravity Racing Challenge event. RaDonna tells us, "We begin racing around 8 in the morning, and the Stock Division will end around noon. There will be teams from all over Ohio, and some come from New York. From what I understand, there are around 45 cars in our division."

She continued, "The Soap Box Derby Gravity Racing program is STEM driven. We try to incorporate this in our club as we build our cars every year from the base board up. The first couple of years we built two cars, and when Barrett Elementary closed we took their cars."

Congratulations to the team from Hatton, and best of luck Saturday.

Kudos to coaches RaDonna and Andy Mair and students Erin Wells, River Laboy Morales (he was our winning driver), Keyli Myers, Jaden Snyder, Keith Carlson, Matthew Yerkey, Caidin Foster and Adrianna Eleo.

River, Keith and Adrianna were our three drivers last year; and they also raced in the Akron Local Race at Derby Downs. River came in second in that race!

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