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Waco Schools Make a Difference Raising Funds for Diabetes Research

April 20, 2011

Midway School District in Waco is making a big difference at JDRF by hosting School Walks in partnership with the Greater Dallas Chapter to educate students about this disease and raise money in support of diabetes research.
A JDRF School Walk not only educates students about type 1 diabetes, but also shares a message of how to make healthy life choices in avoiding preventable health problems. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the students and teachers at each of these schools and a few of the special people who have been involved with the JDRF School Walk Program at Midway School District.


River Valley Intermediate hosted a School Walk in March and exceeded their goal by raising $8,300. Thanks to Coach Mader, Coach Walker, Coach Wohlschlag, Kristen Pool & Martha Kate Gunn for supporting JDRF and our efforts to further fund diabetes research to improve the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes!

South Bosque Elementary hosted a School Walk in October raising nearly $5,400 to further fund diabetes research. Thank you to South Bosque, Brenda Schafer, Martha Kate Gunn & Kristen Pool for their efforts to make this School Walk so successful!

Speegleville Elementary hosted a school walk in March and exceeded their goal by raising $11,700. Thank you to Coach Sherri Springston & Emily Johnson for their support and efforts to further fund diabetes research to improve the lives of those living with type 1 diabetes!

Spring Valley Elementary hosted a School Walk in February and raised an amazing $8,500. Thank you to Coach Polly Clements for her support of JDRF and efforts in raising money for diabetes research!

Woodgate Intermediate hosted a Penny War, Caps for a Cure and Dunks for Diabetes to fundraise for diabetes research and raised over $6,300. Thank you to Sherry Rogers, Kristen Pool and Martha Kate Gunn for their support and efforts in raising money to fund research to find a cure!

Overall, Midway Schools raised over $40,000 for diabetes research funded by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation! Thank you Waco for making a difference in the lives of families living with Type 1 Diabetes!

Also, Moody Elementary in Moody, TX near Waco will host a School Walk in May in support of JDRF and diabetes research.


JDRF is the leading charitable funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research worldwide. To learn more about how JDRF is funding diabetes research, visit the JDRF Greater Dallas Website.

Thank you Kendall Tubbs for your video to help kids understand diabetes and how this disease can affect your life. View our new video Be A Difference Maker featuring the JDRF Dallas Ambassadors.

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

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 or visit 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 or (214) 649-2986.

Make a donation to JDRF in honor of one of these schools or a student living with diabetes by visiting our secure online donation site.


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

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