Stepping up to make a difference with a dollar

 Students at Tilden Hogge Elementary School are taking steps to make a difference with a dollar by taking part in a community service program that is helping to raise funds for juvenile diabetes research and show their support for a fellow student and a staff member at THES.

 Type 1 diabetes or T1D is an autoimmune disease in which a person’s pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone that enables people to get energy from food.  T1D usually strikes in childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood, and lasts a lifetime.  People who are diagnosed with T1D are required to take insulin daily for survival.

 The fundraiser will take place in two parts.  The students have each received a packet with 5 paper sneakers.  With the school divided into 4 teams, the color of the sneakers matches the teams’ colors.  The paper sneakers sell for $1 each to family members and friends.  The papers sneakers that have been sold will be taped to the walls at school.

 The second part of the fundraiser is called Dimes for Diabetes.  Each team will have a change box designated in the front hall where students and family members can bring in their spare change from home.  At the end of the day, the change will be collected, counted and recorded.

 At the end of the week, to celebrate their community service work to help fight diabetes, students will have a Sock Hop.

 All money raised through the diabetes fundraising campaign goes to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help them continue their research for a cure.  The goal is to raise $1,000 during the week.  If parents prefer to write a check, please make them payable to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or JDRF.  A tax-deductible receipt will be sent to you in the mail.  If the school raises $1000, it will receive a cloth banner personalized with the school’s name to hang in the hall!

 One of the benefits of this fundraiser is to make students more aware of diabetes and learn what it means to help friends and community members with diabetes by becoming an advocate for a cure.  Diabetes patients will benefit from every dollar the students raise and the students will learn how they can make a difference in the lives of others, including a student and a staff member at Tilden Hogge Elementary School.    The students will also learn about diabetes and the importance of good nutrition and physical fitness habits.

 JDRF is available to help patients, families and caregivers with questions about diabetes. Know the warning signs; extreme thirst, frequent urination, sudden vision changes, sugar in urine, fruity or sweet odor on breath, increased appetite, sudden weight loss, drowsiness, lethargy or heavy breathing.  For more information, contact your local JDRF chapter at (888) 533-9255.                                                                      

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