Race for Education / Fun and Fitness Day
Race for Education / Fun and Fitness Day
Where can you find a DJ directing over 200 kids hula hooping, having water cannon wars, playing giant games of Twister, bouncing in an air-filled castle, and running their hearts out on a hot Spring day? At Assumption School in Atco, on Friday, May 25, at their annual Race for Education/Fun and Fitness Day. The students also made crafts, launched water balloons from a catapult, and enjoyed snacks, face painting, and air brush tattoos all in support of their Catholic education.
The Camden County school hosted this fun-filled event on its ball field with dozens of parents, grandparents, alumni, and younger siblings in attendance. To date, the students have raised over $15,000 in donations for their laps around the school’s paved quarter mile long walking path. The “Race for Education” fund raiser benefits the Pre-K through 8th grade Catholic School and the entire school community participates.
The preparations began back in March when students supplied names and addresses of potential sponsors. Parent volunteers worked to contact those sponsors in hopes of securing donations for the school. Ninety-five percent of the students participated in providing names and all students, from the youngest to the oldest participated in the Race. Prizes were awarded for most laps completed in each grade and some older students ran and or walked nearly five miles in the hot and humid hour! Students also had the opportunity to win gift cards for their participation in the event.
This was the forth year that the Race for Education accompanied the school’s traditional spring “Fun and Fitness” field day events, making the celebration a day the students eagerly anticipated. “Graduation didn’t really hit me until this big event,” eighth grader Virginia Foley said. “We always look forward to this great day near the end of the year. I’m really going to miss this!” she added.
A bonus to the day was the unveiling of the school’s iPad initiative, being implemented this fall for the eighth grade class. On hand were Philadelphia business owner Al Chadwick, and William Fallon and Bill Fichetola, president and vice president of IFPTE Local 196, who were major sponsors of the iPad purchases. Mr. Fallon commented at the ceremony that he was amazed by the number of parents who were involved with the day. The eighth graders will use the iPads in nearly all of their classes throughout the day, complemented by traditional text books and computers at home. Assumption School is one of the only schools in the tri-state area to have a one-to-one iPad program in place for its eighth grade students.
School parents Gina Caimi and Lisa Scaffidi chaired the Race events and coordinated the over 70 volunteers who made the day happen. "The Race for Education/Fun & Fitness Day is one of my favorite events at Assumption School. Not only is it one of our most successful fundraisers, but it is also a day of fun and celebration for the entire school community,” Mrs. Caimi said. She continued, “Much planning, preparation and hard work go into the day, but it is always worth it to see the students enjoying themselves and having such a great time. Our volunteer participation this year was incredible and such a successful day would not be possible without the generosity and support of so many wonderful people at Assumption School. For that, I am truly grateful and can't wait till next year!"
This was Principal Sister Helene Cooke’s first experience with the big event, since she became principal of the school last summer. She had heard lots of great stories about the big day, but had to see it for herself to believe it. “The day was incredibly well organized and so much fun! It was so fulfilling to see the whole school community come together and celebrate our school,” Sr. Cooke, IHM, said.
Assumption School has been an excellent choice in Catholic education for over 50 years. It is a highly accredited school that takes pride in its academic and technological excellence. Assumption School strives to develop the whole child, socially, spiritually, and academically, while engaging each student in a life-long learning experience.