Released by Shamong School District
On March 30, the Shamong School District began one of the most important fundraisers they will ever be involved with: The walk to cure Juvenile Diabetes. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, known as JDRF, works closely with schools to raise awareness and funds for research in order to eliminate this disease. For Shamong’s students, this disease has become very personal as several of our own are currently under a doctor’s care for it. During the initial orientation, Dana Gold, speaking for JDRF, was joined by Brianna Montrose as she explained how diabetes has affected her and her family.
Given the added incentive provided by Brianna, the students were given packets and sent out to garner as many pledges as they could. The National Junior Honor Society and Student Council shared the leadership role for the District and oversaw operations at Indian Mills Memorial School, while Jen Simpson, school nurse, provided the coordination effort for Indian Mills School. On May 17, each class spent their 20-minute recess walking for the cure. Larger districts may have more monetary success, but you have to take your hat off to our students as they raised $10,953.78. It was a memorable day for everyone and, we hope, a way to help researchers get one day closer to ending a disease that affects the lives of more than 3 million Americans.