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: Prosper School District

Prosper School District Spotlight Prosper School District in Texas has raised an amazing $253,000 since they joined the JDRF Kids Walk program five years ago! Each year, this district-wide campaign is led by superstar volunteers, Tiziana Kanouse, Crystal Kirsch, Ashley Paul and Team Prosper. These ladies really know how to get the word out and build excitement! They created a Facebook page dedicated to their Kids Walk where they share important information about T1D, promote Walk activities, and encourage online fundraising. Each year they also design and sell Team Prosper t-shirts—and hold a drawing where students who raise $100 or more can win Texas Rangers tickets and a special electronic prize.

During the 2015-2016 school year alone, five elementary schools and two middle schools rallied to support 27 students who have T1D in their community and raised over $53,000! The mayor, Ray Smith, even proclaimed April 18-22 "Diabetes Walk for a Cure Week" to honor the hard work and dedication of the volunteers, schools and students! Parents, coaches, principals and the superintendent also truly get behind the program. Leading up to Kids Walk, each school spends a day educating their students before they start raising funds using their collection envelopes and online tools. Each school also chooses a campaign where students and staff donate $1 to wear pajamas, hats or other fun things to promote the upcoming Walk. Congratulations Prosper School District and thank you for your longstanding support!

School Spotlight: Castleman Creek Elementary, Hewitt, TX

Castleman Creek Elementary Spotlight Castleman Creek Elementary in Hewitt, TX, led by PE Instructor Jalayne Rinewalt, has raised over $48,000 to support JDRF and type 1 diabetes (T1D) research over the last six years. This past year, with many other fundraising projects on the schedule, the school raised an impressive $8,500! Says Kristen Pool of JDRF, “Jalayne is the constant factor in our success each year. Always energetic, always encouraging, always innovative and always looking for ways to connect with her kids.” Her most successful incentive has been to offer on overnight lock-in to students who raise over $150. The event includes lots of fun activities—including a scavenger hunt— a movie and pizza! Along with other staff, she stays up all night to supervise and there are usually a few special guests, including the school principal. Congratulations Jalayne and Castleman Creek—and thanks so much for going above and beyond (and without sleep!) to support JDRF!

School Spotlight: Cherry Lane School, Carle Place, NY

Cherry Lane School Spotlight Cherry Lane School in Carle Place, NY is known as the small school with a big heart. Cherry Lane has participated in JDRF Kids Walk since 1996 and with just 300 students, they typically raise about $3,000 to $4,000 each year. In all, they have raised over $150,000 in the fight against T1D! Principal, Mrs. Manfredi, teaches her students the importance of giving to others—including giving up their time on the playground to participate in Kids Walk. For over 20 years, students ages 5-8 begin their Walk Day by passing through a colorful balloon arch and following a path of JDRF paper sneakers that leads them to a victory celebration for all of their hard work. “It is heart-warming to see these young children filled with true compassion for helping others,” says Marie Cimaglia of JDRF. Congratulations Cherry Lane School, and thank you so much for 20 years of dedication to JDRF!

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