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Annual walk-a-thon held
The Sandshore Home School Partnership (SHSP) recently held its annual walk-a-thon. The event raised money for the group’s student programs and works to keep kids enjoying physical fitness through a number of fun activities.
Students in grades K-5 participated in the walk-a-thon during their physical education, music, or art time. They alternated among activity stations for hockey, football tossing, soccer, and hula hoops. In between, students walked or ran laps around the field.
Money is raised from donors who pledge and then contribute money after their sponsored students complete the day’s activities. The exact total raised won’t be known until all the donations have been received; however, in years past the walk-a-thon has been one of the SHSP’s largest fundraisers along with designer bag bingo and tricky tray.
The walk-a-thon was coordinated by the SHSP executive board, with assistance from physical education teachers Kit Thompson and Shawn Buck.
|Second grader Danika Reilly performs at Disney World|
Dancing at Disney
One current Sandshore student and one former student recently performed on stage at Disney World. Danika Reilly (second grade) and Raquel D'Amico (sixth grade at MOMS) joined other members of their group, Dance Expressions Performing Troupe from Hackettstown, and entertained resort guests in downtown Disney over the summer.
The performance was part of the dance ensemble’s participation in Disney Performing Arts OnStage. The program provides specialized training to school-age dancers, musicians, and singers and allows talented groups to get a taste of showbiz by performing on stage at Disney World.
To prepare for their presentation, members of the Dance Expressions troupe first attended a dancing workshop where they learned Disney dance moves from a Disney choreographer.
The troupe also attended a stage performance of an abridged version of “Beauty and the Beast,” the Broadway smash musical. They had front row seats and after the show had a special meet and greet with several Disney dancers.
Third grade teacher Darcy McHale accompanied her two dancer daughters on the trip.
|Third grade teacher Darcy McHale with Danika Reilly, left, and Raquel D'Amico, right|