On Feb. 10, St. Anne's-Belfield School's Learning Village K – 4 students celebrated the annual Kids for Kids fundraiser, this year supporting food allergy research at U.Va. Children's Hospital. Students in the Learning Village have been raising pledges, and the younger students' efforts culminated with a celebration of jumping rope, dancing, and shooting hoops. Students in Grades 5 – 8 will continue their efforts through Feb. 17.
"We are excited to support this local organization in its efforts to provide a cure for food allergy illnesses," said Brooke Canova, physical education department head for grades Kindergarten through six and Kids for Kids coordinator.
Dr. Alice Hoyt, a pediatric fellow conducting allergy research at U.Va., spoke at the Feb. 10 event to help students learn even more about food allergies. She asked students if they knew of friends or classmates with food allergies, and reminded them that the best thing they can do if they notice someone looking unwell is to make sure to tell an adult.
Following the presentation, fourth grade students performed a choreographed dance to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" followed by a skills demonstration of juggling, jump roping, and basketball trickes – sometimes all at once! Kindergarten through third grade students then joined in to rotate through stations in both the Conway Convocation Center and the Tarring Gym.
Approximately $3,000 had been raised online by Feb. 10, with the majority of pledges and donations still to be counted.
In the past, the Kids for Kids fundraiser has supported the American Heart Association, Camp Holiday Trails, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Photos of the celebration event are now available on the School's SmugMug account.