Young Explorers' Families Rally for St. Jude

Trike-A-Thon Raises Over $10,100 For Sick Children
Posted on 05/16/2017
Young Explorers ride in Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude

Young Explorers' Families Rally for St. Jude

If early learning makes the biggest impression, students in District 28’s Young Explorers program will become lifelong philanthropists.

The 3- and 4-year-old students participated in a Trike-a-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on May 15 and together with their families raised $10,123! The funds will help provide family celebrations for 135 patients!

The funds will be dedicated to family celebrations for patients at the children’s research hospital, which focuses on childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

This is the second year Young Explorers have participated in the Trike-A-Thon as part of their service learning curriculum. Last year, after raising $7,594, the program ranked the 38th most successful Trike-a-Thon of the year in the nation. 

The students and parents gathered for the day, where kids rode their trikes or scooters and participated in relay games and projects organized by the staff. The Young Explorers program is housed at Westmoor School and operates a blended program with special needs, at-risk and typically developing children.

“As a program, we feel that promoting service learning enhances their ability to develop empathy and a sense of social responsibility. As students engage in service learning activities, they are contributing to their school, community and learning how they can help to create change/make an impact in the lives of others,” said Katey Gurwin, social worker who helped organize the project.