The Hopwood School of Lansdale, PA has come through to help the kids with Juvenile Arthritis by offering to donate the proceeds from a couple of fund-raising events at the School to the Ride. The Hopwood School and Camp provides a unique experience for kids age 2 through kindergarten on a beautiful 8 acre facility in the Lansdale area. With a wonderful, dedicated staff; a “farm” type country setting and crisp, well-managed programs, you couldn’t ask for any thing better for your child – I know, my daughter attends. During the week of June 25th it looks like there will be about 175 “campers” participating in the two events: Treadathon and Penny Wars. I have not been involved in these fundraisers in the past, so can’t offer too much detail. Here is what I know about the fundraisers so far.
I think that the Treadathon is pretty self-explanatory as the camp has two pools for the kids to use, but the Penny Wars may need a little explanation.The idea with Penny Wars is that the 2 camp groups, Middle ages 6-8 and Upper ages 9-12, collect change in their camp group container all week. Each penny in the container is a point but any silver or dollars count as a negative amount in the amount of the coin or dollar ( a dime is -10 points, a dollar is -100 points, etc.) What happens is each camp group puts the pennies in their container and the silver and dollars in the other camp group’s container. Usually the groups with the smaller negative amount wins. The prize is a special snack like ice cream sandwiches. Sounds a bit like the beginnings of a hedge fund, but all for a good cause.
About the time that the Penny Wars are getting started at Hopwood School, I will be leaving the comfort of my dorm room at University of Alaska Fairbanks and heading north for 500 miles of dirt roads to Prudhoe Bay. If I can find an internet connection somewhere out there, I am going to try to connect via Skype or other means to show support for the activities back in Lansdale. Might be a long shot though. Between the 4 hour time difference and the nearly nonexistent internet connections in that part of the world, connecting will be tough. Before I leave in about 10 days, I hope to bring the bike to the school and talk to the kids about the ride and what I am trying to accomplish. Maybe a bit of a challenge for a 3-yr old to digest, but the kids always love the bike.
In any case, a special thanks goes out to Heidi, Mary and all of those at the school who have offered to support the Ride to Alaska through these activities. I am sure that if they could, each one of the over 300,000 kids in the US who have been impacted by the disease would offer their heartfelt thanks as well! Now, get those pennies ready; well, better yet, make them dollars…