Nov. 1, 2013
By Tara Cavanaugh
This year’s Wines Elementary Fun Run was a smashing success. The fundraiser took in over $29,000 in pledge money, which will be used to purchase new playground equipment and to lower individual costs of fifth grade camp.
The Leslie Science and Nature Center also benefitted from the students’ running and fundraising efforts. The school presented the center with a $2,400 check at an assembly on Nov. 1.
To express its gratitude, the center sent along a special guest to accept the check: a bald eagle that the center nursed back to health after an injury.
“It’s great that one of our own elementary schools thinks of us, because we’re definitely thinking of them,” said Sarah Gilmore, an LSNC employee. “When they come to see us we try to give them a fun and positive outdoor experience.
“It’s really nice that they feel that connection to us and that they choose to give back to something in their community,” Gilmore continued. “That’s a pretty cool thing for such young kids to do. We’re very grateful to them for their generosity.”
The Fun Run, in which students collected pledges and ran laps around the school, also netted enough money to award a $50 gift card to every Wine teacher to use for classroom supplies. Every class met or exceeded its pledge goal, and according to Wines Principal David DeYoung, this year’s individual costs of attending fifth grade camp will be the lowest ever due to the Fun Run.