Randolph Elementary kicked off the school year with the theme of “Recognizing Every Strength.” Not only did students acknowledge their academic strengths, they also found other ways to show they were strong — as leaders, athletes, good citizens and great friends. One initiative resulted in a fundraising competition with Kent Horner from HCA Virginia Sports Medicine.
For two weeks, students from RES competed against Horner, a local Physical Therapy Assistant, through a fundraising battle. RES 4th graders raised just over $1,150 for Wounded Warrior Project. Students wanted to honor recent veterans because, “They fought for us, now we can fight for them.” Horner collected $2000 for IamRVA, a new nonprofit focused on bike safety. IamRVA funds will benefit area kids who have suffered a traumatic brain injury from biking accidents.
The culminating event was an athletic challenge between RES students and Horner. Volunteers from HCA Sports Medicine and IamRVA met with about 55 students after school on September 23rd. Horner’s team brought out a variety of fitness equipment and set up several events. The afternoon included planking and wall sit competitions, a kickball challenge, tire and telephone pole flips, obstacle courses, and a kettle bell toss. The highlight was an all-time classic: Tug of War. The students defeated Horner, the volunteers, and the teachers…twice!
The students were declared victorious in the athletic portion of the competition, while Horner took the fundraising. With a tie resulting, it seems there is no choice but to schedule a rematch for spring!
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