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Area businesses helping family of late Jefferson School teacher

Hundreds met at Challand Middle School near Jessica Strader's home, with signs 
and balloons, to show their support on Sunday, Feb. 17. Area businesses are taking 
part Saturday in the first Team Jess Day, raising money for the family of teacher 
Jessica Strader. Strader was 29 when she died Feb. 17. She had been a special 
education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Sterling, and fought cancer 
since February 2010.
Hundreds met at Challand Middle School near Jessica Strader's home, with signs and balloons, to show their support on Sunday, Feb. 17. Area businesses are taking part Saturday in the first Team Jess Day, raising money for the family of teacher Jessica Strader. Strader was 29 when she died Feb. 17. She had been a special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Sterling, and fought cancer since February 2010.

STERLING – Area businesses are taking part Saturday in the first Team Jess Day, raising money for the family of teacher Jessica Strader.

Strader was 29 when she died Feb. 17. She had been a special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Sterling, and fought cancer since February 2010.

Customers should check the businesses’ Facebook pages for more details. Those taking part, all but one in Sterling, are:

Golden Key Gifts, 702 W. Fourth St. A percentage of the day’s proceeds will be donated to the Straders. People who wear a Team Jess T-shirt will receive a free gift. Click here to view Facebook page.

Beautiful You Boutique, 3512 E. Lincolnway. Proceeds from a pink purse raffle, and a portion of sales of Sauk Valley Reiki lotions, will be donated to the Straders. Click here to view Facebook page.

– Tuff Dog Bakery, 7 E. Third St. Proceeds from breast cancer ribbon-shaped dog treats will be donated. Click here to view Facebook page.

Bushel Basket Candle Co., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway. Customers who wear a Team Jess T-shirt will receive a cancer ribbon-shaped cookie while supplies last. Proceeds from the sale of breast cancer ribbon air fresheners will be donated. Click here to view Facebook page.

Distinctive Gardens, 2020 Lowell Park Road, in Dixon. Customers who wear a Team Jess T-shirt will get a pink plant. Click here to view Facebook page.

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