Students at Springer School and Center raised more than $3,900 for American Red Cross tornado relief efforts this week. When the March 2 tornadoes struck the tri-state area, Upper School students at Springer were in the midst of brainstorming a project through which they could help others. They generated a list of worthy causes and then took a vote. Tornado relief was the overwhelming favorite.
The two-mile walk-a-thon is part of the students’ participation in Springer’s “All School Quest,” an annual activity in which students of every grade level explore a common theme and share their discoveries through a variety of media. The theme for this year’s Quest, “Oh, the Things You Can Do That Are Good for You!” encourages students to learn about health and wellness.
“The students wanted to do something that was good for them, and good for others,” said Upper School teacher Sharon Schinasi. “So they’re walking for their health while raising funds for people in need.” The students planned and organized the walk, created flyers, donation forms and posters for the school halls, and made a colorful banner to stretch across the “finish line.”
Along the walk route, parents set up and manned refreshment stations stocked with water, bananas and granola generously donated by the Kroger Co. “I am in awe that the students had such a great idea,” said Schinasi, “and they did a superb job of organizing and making it happen!”