Grand Prairie first-graders Amelia Shanahan (from left), Owen Emch, Michael Cleveland and Ashlyn White pose in front of the Walk for a Cure mural. | Supplied photo
Updated: May 21, 2014 11:23PM
A successful fundraising walk by kindergartners through second-graders at Grand Prairie Elementary School in Frankfort on May 7 raised $13,249 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, according to a press release from Frankfort School District 157C.
The event was coordinated by Grand Prairie physical education instructors Rob Seibert, Richard Innocenti and Marcie Uelman, the release said.
Students walked for 25 minutes during their physical education classes to music provided by Randy Ridderhoff, of Awesome DJ’s & PhotoBooth. Ridderhoff donated his services to the effort to provide music and encouragement to the students as they walked, the release said.
The JDRF Kids Walk program is an educational, in-school fundraising program with two goals: to educate students about Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and to provide them with an opportunity to make a difference by raising money for Type 1 diabetes research.
The program helps foster an environment of positive character building and community service, the release said.
Students were recognized with a banner and awards. The students could earn thank you gifts from JDRF for donations of $10 or more.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research, the release said.
Mary Anne McKenna Bryan, of the Illinois Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, congratulated the school on its accomplishment.
“What an amazing job. Thanks to everyone that helped out,” she said, according to the release.