By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – Preschoolers at the Parker Road Preschool have been getting a lot of exercise as of late because they’ve been jumping for a cause – enrichment experiences for the school.
On Nov. 14, 24 students from Catherine Dowling’s and Kara Vincelette’s classrooms teamed up during the three-day annual Jump-a-Thon. Each of the school’s classrooms had an opportunity to participate.
The Jump-a-Thon consists of students jumping on small trampolines for 30 seconds while being cheered on by their classmates. Volunteers keep track of how many jumps each student makes.
“It’s our largest fundraiser of the year. Last year brought in close to $8,000. Students have asked for flat donations and/or ‘per jump’ pledges,” noted Katrina Lalliler, president of the Parker Road Preschool PTO.
Lalliler said that the event promotes confidence, pride and team-building for students all while using up some energy.
“We look for enrichment opportunities like Cosmic Kelly, puppet shows, the Bug Lady – events rather than funding things. Typically that is what this does,” remarked Dowling.
Parents, grandparents and caregivers were invited to come and support the class.
Proceeds help the Parker Road PTO provide enrichment programs, school-wide social events and classroom resources and materials not funded by Shrewsbury Public Schools.
To make a pledge, visit http://app.99pledges.com/fund/parkerjump19. The campaign runs through Dec. 6.