Each year Saint Mary School has a fundraiser. Previous years it was in the form of a walk-a-thon. This year the Family and School Organization (FSO) is changing things up. They are holding their first Move-a-thon on Friday May 10.
The School has partnered with area professionals and for 120 minutes the students will be moving. All the children from Kindergarten through 8th grade will move through 4 different stations; Fitness & Yoga being taught by Marcia Sugar-Clarke from Buffalo Grove Fitness Revolution, Alyson Stanczak with Buffalo Grove Dance Studio will do a dance segment and Bert Witte chief instructor at Buffalo Grove Martial Arts will take the children through martial arts. The children will also walk the football field and partake in a team building game created and run by Saint Mary physical education teacher Shayna Mortensen and Athletic Director Casey Lynde.
The children will get a 30 minute break where they will have a healthy snack and beverage and also learn about the importance of fruits, vegetables, calorie intake and how to read nutrition labels. "It's all about getting our kids moving and letting them know there is something fun for everyone. We hope all our students will find at least one activity that they will want to incorporate each day into their life." said Debbie Eppel, Director of Development. She went on to say " Nutrition and making smart choices is more important than ever in today's society and we plan to keep a focus on this and help educate our students to make good choices, this is only the beginning." In support of making smart choices, an after school extra activity is being offered where children can learn how to make smoothies and a parfait with the help of Whole Foods expert Ann Kagan.
According to FSO president Valentina Gern "we need to change with the times and this is moving in the right direction. It's an all-student participation activity that is fun, promotes good fitness, drives school spirit, and raises money at the same time. It's still a fundraiser but we are hoping it is also a FUNraiser for the kids."
As an incentive for the children to get sponsors, any child bringing in $100 in sponsorship will be entered to win a new Kindle Fire. A total of 4 Kindles will be raffled away. The idea of giving away a Kindle Fire promotes the schools effort of encouraging children to read for at least 30 minutes outside of school each day. According to Gern "there is nothing better than a good work out and then a good book, the perfect day."
The funds raised will help support technology updates and streaming, cultural arts programs, new library resources and additional educational programs to name just a few. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution please contact Debbie Eppel (847)459-6270.
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