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JDRF Families Make a Difference at their School, Raising Funds for Diabetes Research

January 13, 2011

JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter has been organizing School Walks for many years now and this year’s turn out has been amazing. More schools than ever are realizing the importance of raising diabetes awareness and partnering with JDRF to educate their students about this disease.

A JDRF School Walk not only educates students about type 1 diabetes, but also how to make healthy life choices in avoiding preventable health problems. We would like to take this opportunity to thank a few of the special people who have been involved with JDRF School Walks.

  • Andrew Maust from Killian Middle School made his own video to present to his classmates about type 1 diabetes.  He did an amazing job and his school raised over $4,000!
  • Sammy Weyer, Graham Robertson and his family at Dealy Montessori Academy have participated year after year. Thank you to his Aunt, Susan Cornette, Mrs. Bell County, who helped present Mrs. Laura Leppert, the First Lady of Dallas. Mrs. Leppert came to Dealy Montessori to recognize the outstanding job they are doing to raise awareness about diabetes, including raising over $10,000 last year.
  • Brandon Kofahl from Green Elementary also created a PowerPoint presentation to present to his classmates. Thank you to Lisa and Ken Conway who helped with the presentation. Green Elementary School raised over $8,000 for diabetes research.
  • Thank you Kendall Tubbs for your video to help kids understand diabetes and how this disease can affect your life. Watch the video.

These are a few examples of all the wonderful families who have helped year after year in making JDRF’s School Walk program a great success. Thank you to all of the schools who have welcomed us over the years. Some schools do not have a child with diabetes, but know how important it is to bring awareness to type 1 diabetes.

It’s not too late for your school to get involved!

Why have a school walk?

  • Your school receives 10% of the money raised!
  • The majority of students & teachers know someone with diabetes.
  • We educate the students about diabetes, including playing a lunch box game to teach the children about counting carbs and portion control.
  • The presentation and walk take place during P.E., providing the opportunity to further discuss the importance of diet and exercise.
  • We do all the work, so there are no volunteers or teachers needed.
  • Kids earn fabulous prizes!

If you would like to learn more about how your school can make a difference, contact Dolores Johnson at dsjohnson@jdrf.org or view the JDRF Dallas School Walk page.

Attention all high school students!

Get your current school or your previous elementary or middle school involved and receive community service hours!  School Walks are a fun and easy way to earn hours! To learn more, please contact Julie Dee at jdee@jdrf.org or (214) 649-2986.

Listed below are all of the schools who have helped JDRF raise money to find a cure:

Agape Christian Academy
Anderson Elementary
Baylor (Delta Epsilon)
Bishop Lynch High School
Bridlewood Elementary
Bullard ISD
Castle Hills Montessori
Castle Hills Flower Mound
Castle Hills Frisco
Castle Hills McKinney
Cockrell Hill Elementary
Dallas Christian Schools
Dealy Montessori
Dorie Miller Immediate
Ed Vanston Middle School
Ennis High School
Good Shepherd Episcopal
Green Elementary
Highland Park ISD
HOSA
Killian Middle School
Lakewood Elementary
Larry G. Smith Elementary
Levine Academy
Marion Elementary
Moody Elementary
Nebbie Williams Elementary
Plano West Senior High
Pleasant Run Elementary
South Bosque Elementary
Speegleville Elementary
Spring Valley Elementary
William B. Travis Academy

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this great program. As important as it is to raise funds for diabetes research, it is even more important to raise awareness of the disease and JDRF.

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To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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