May 2, 2017
Black Elementary School PE teacher Mary Miller celebrates with students after revealing that the campus eclipsed $100,000 in total donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation after seven years of hosting the JDRF Kids Walk.
May 2, 2017—Students at Black Elementary School celebrated a fund raising milestone on April 28 when they eclipsed $100,000 in donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) after seven years of hosting the annual JDRF Kids Walk program.
The Bearkats raised $10,376.94 in the seventh annual walk for a grand total of $108,595.24. The money raised supports the JDRF as it seeks to find a cure, improve treatment options and find a vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes, which affects approximately 500 CFISD students.
Black Elementary Principal Melissa LeDoux walks with Bearkat second-grade students including Alex Jaramillo and Jazmin Fernandez during the JDRF Kids Walk at the school on April 28.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas no longer produces insulin. The walk is personal to the Black Elementary campus, where three students suffer from the disease.
“We are extremely proud of the continued generosity of our Bearkat family and friends in our fight to help find a cure for type 1 diabetes. For the past seven years, Black Elementary has supported JDRF through fundraising,” said Kurt Anselmi, Black PE teacher. “Through educating our students about T1D, they truly look forward to this fundraiser every year because it's about helping others.”
Other CFISD schools have also joined the effort, which helps educate students on the differences between type 1 and type 2 Diabetes, as well as the symptoms of type 1.
JDRF volunteer Anne Imber distributes bubbles to second-grade students at Black Elementary during their JDRF Kids Walk on April 28.
Millsap Elementary School held its first JDRF Walk in April, raising $4,145.96. Woodard Elementary School also held a fundraiser in the 2015-2016 school year.
Black Elementary second-grade students Allena Tardy, left, and Kylie Finch participate in the JDRF Kids Walk at the school on April 28.
Millsap Elementary School held its first JDRF Kids Walk in April, raising more than $4,100. Pictured, from left, are substitute teacher Shannon Riley, PE teacher Tanya Skarpa, JDRF volunteer Anne Imber, PE teacher Sharyl Seyler and art teacher Kimberly Bierwirth.
Black Elementary second-grade students Gabby Liger, left, and Madelyn Bertrandreact after learning that the school had eclipsed the $100,000 fundraising mark for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation on April 28.