South Bloomfield Elementary School students recently raised $563 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation through a fundraiser organized by the Just Say No Club and the club's adviser, Teri Berger.
"I decided to organize this fundraiser to raise awareness for Type 1 Diabetes and to recognize the efforts of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation," Berger said. "Being the parent of a Type 1 diabetic made me even more passionate about this cause."
The campaign kicked off with teachers showing a brief, age-appropriate video of what Type 1 diabetes is, which was put together by school counselor Niki Shaner. Then, during the week of May 13-19, the students participated in their own version of the Egg Crack Challenge.
The challenge is a national fundraiser for JDRF where a real egg is cracked open on a person's head, similar to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge last year. The group tweaked the challenge during the Just Say No Club's meeting on May 19. They filled plastic Easter eggs with confetti, flour, corn meal, cereal, beans, rice and barley.
The club members bought an egg for $1 to "crack" over their own head or a friend's. They also raised money by selling paper eggs for $1, which were added to each grade level's "basket" in the form of a poster with the grade level that hung in the cafeteria. Each grade competed to get the most eggs and an extra recess was awarded to the winning grade.
"I am very happy with the money we raised," Berger said. "The students were very enthusiastic about raising money for children with this disease. They not only learned about Type 1 diabetes but also about giving to charities. Our school's students and community are a very caring group of people."