This year, JDRF is excited to shine the Kids Walk School Spotlight on three deserving schools! Read on to see how they raised big dollars for T1D research and had lots of fun along the way!

School Spotlight: St. Mark Catholic School

St Mark_School Spotlight_400 x 256.jpgSt. Mark Catholic School in Huntersville, NC has raised over $230,000 since they joined the Kids Walk program four years ago. With over 700 students, 6 of whom are living with type 1 diabetes (T1D), St. Mark has become the #1 JDRF Kids Walk in the nation! During the 2014-2015 school year alone, over $55,000 was raised! St. Mark’s has incorporated many unique activities to help them reach their goals. From classroom change competitions to having a TV personality and sports mascots emcee the kick-off, to students raising over $10,000 online, St. Mark will stop at nothing to help raise funds for T1D research and support their students living with T1D. Along with a team of dedicated volunteers, Nurse Stephanie Miller, Principal Debbie Butler, Tracy Banoffski and Terri Langbo (parents of T1D students) champion the Kids Walk each year and work to make it a huge success. Three cheers for St. Mark Catholic School thank you so much for your dedication and support!

School Spotlight: Midland Elementary

Midland ES_KW FY16 School Spotlight_400 x 256.jpgMidland Elementary in Lacon, IL has been participating in the JDRF Kids Walk program for the past three years. With gym teacher Mr. Joe Mintus leading the way, the school raises more and more each year to support T1D research. Even though Midland Elementary is a small school of only 245 students, they raised $4,131.36 during the 2014-2015 school year. Mr. Mintus makes learning about JDRF and T1D a part of gym class each day leading up to the Kids Walk. He even allows the top fundraising class to throw pies in his face on what has come to be known as “JDRF pie day”. On Kids Walk day, students parade through their town’s business area to raise awareness and collect donations. Tricia Potts of JDRF says “the teachers and students at Midland really exude the kind of spirit we need surrounding the Kids Walk program!” We couldn’t agree more - congratulations and thank you, Midland Elementary!

School Spotlight: Herrington Elementary

Herrington-ES_KW-FY16-School-Spotlight.pngFor Coach Clint Shelby at Herrington Elementary in Round Rock, TX, fun is the name of the game! Coach Shelby is willing to do whatever it takes to get his students involved in supporting JDRF while having a great time along the way. He has allowed students to slime him, throws dance parties for top classes, and even got the school principal to agree to stunts like being duct taped to a wall and getting pied in the face. This year, Coach Shelby set his sights on raising over $10,000 to earn the JDRF Diamond Star Banner. To sweeten the deal, he organized students vs. teachers water games for all students who fundraised. Nearly $11,300 was raised including over $4,300 raised in online funds alone! Coach Shelby got the banner he was after. Congratulations Herrington and thank you for putting the “fun” in “fundraising”!

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