Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Lifestyles

July 25, 2011

Preschoolers walk to “help the babies”

CROSSVILLE — Area preschoolers spent most of April, May, and June walking for their own cardiovascular health and to “Help the Babies” raising funds for the 9th annual Wonder Walk.

Wonder Walk is one of the “wrap around” events for the counties big Walk America held in spring each year. Six daycares in Cumberland County: Campus Kids Corner, Home Away from Home Day Care Center, Kidz Connection, Bright Futures, Lil Punkin’ Child Care Center, and Little Peeps Academy walked over 12,000 hours and raised over $1300 in their efforts to fight birth defects.

Each center was in competition with other daycares and other youngsters to try to walk the most hours and raise the most money for the Wonder Walk. School Daze of Crossville donated a gift certificate for art and school supplies to the day care center that walked the most hours during the 12 week period.

The students at each center worked toward getting their March of Dimes banks filled with the most money in order to win a March of Dimes prize, or to win the grand prize… a new bicycle from Crossville Kmart. Each of the daycares also won an ice cream party donated by Mayfield’s in Crossville. Little Peeps Academy won the gift certificate to School Daze by walking over 5880 hours during the 12 week program. Little Peeps also had the top boy fundraiser, Andrew Hall, raising over $224 by himself.

The top girl fundraiser, Jordan Kerley, attends Home Away From Home Day Care, and raised $211 for the March of Dimes. Jordan was so excited about winning, and when asked about how she felt about winning a new bike, she responded with “It wasn’t about the bike, I raised the money to help the babies.”

A Big Thank You goes out to all of the hard working students and teachers at these day care centers for helping to make the Wonder Walk a huge success. All of the money raised goes toward Cumberland County’s total for Walk America. Special appreciation goes out to Ted Beaty at Crossville Mayfield Dairy’s for donating all of the ice cream for the big ice cream party that each center had in celebration for the Wonder Walk and to School Daze for their donation of the school supplies gift certificate.

Walk America is the nations biggest fund raiser for the March of Dimes to help in the fight against birth defects and to make sick babies better. Money raised also goes to help scientist do research to find cures for birth defects and to learn why some babies are born too soon. It works to make sure that women who are having babies go to the doctor or clinic. The next Wonder Walk will be in April 2012, so when a preschool youngster comes to your door and ask for money to “Help the Babies” please give generously. You will be helping babies to be born healthy and to grow up healthy.

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