Local students launch fundraiser

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Kentucky Trail Elementary second graders are teaming up with Foxwood Springs and Serenity Care Hospice to raise money to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

The fundraising event, dubbed “Rocking for a Cure,” is a part the Foxwood Springs Alzheimer’s Fundraising Committee’s annual effort to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The fundraising committee plans bake sales, raffles, and many more events every year, but “Rocking for a Cure” has just added to the list this year.

Debbie Davis, of Foxwood Springs, came up with the idea. She explained that this event is not only a great way to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s, but the kids will also be able to have fun.

Jennie Reeder, from the Kansas City Alzheimer’s Association, reads Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox to the second graders at Kentucky Trail.

Jennie Reeder, from the Kansas City Alzheimer’s Association, reads Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox to the second graders at Kentucky Trail.

The second graders, numbering 123 total students in five classes, do a community project every year. This year, “Rocking for a Cure” is their project. The week-long fundraiser event kicked off last Thursday, when Jennie Redder of the Kansas City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association read a book to the students about a little boy who helps a lady find her memory. Brook Bollinger with Serenity Care Hospice, Debbie Davis with Foxwood Springs, and Andrea Murphy with Serenity Care Hospice also joined Redder for the kickoff.

The second grade students learned a little about Alzheimer’s and found out that they had the opportunity to fund a way to help memory loss.

Redder presented the story from a rocking chair, which ties in the rest of the event’s theme.

Each of the second grade teachers will hold a drawing, picking one boy and one girl from each class to visit Foxwood Springs, where they will be able to rock with a new friend—one of the Foxwood Springs residents.

The winners of the drawing will come to Foxwood for the rocking event on October 4.

While the second grade is putting on the fundraising effort, the whole school has been invited to get involved. Beginning last Friday and ending this Friday, each school day presented a way to donate toward Alzheimer’s. Last Friday alone, $106 was raised during “Wear a Hat Day.”

This event is sponsored by Foxwood Springs and Serenity Care Hospice. The Foxwood Springs Alzheimer’s Committee will conclude its fundraising for the year with the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Kansas City on October 6.

If you would like to donate to the cause, mail or drop off your donation at Foxwood Springs in Raymore, or at the Alzheimer’s Association of Kansas City.

 

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