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Tuesday October 25, 2016 at 2:57pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: District, Otisville Elementary


Each day in the United States, 40 children are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (TD1). This is a life-altering, care-intensive and costly disease they will never outgrow–unless a cure is found.


Children with TD1 diabetes are in our schools and classrooms, and that’s why, each year, Otisville Elementary participates in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes.


This year’s awareness and fundraising effort kicked-off on Oct. 6 with a school assembly. Students learned about the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes; the role of insulin and the pancreas in producing it; and the importance of a healthy diet and physical activity. Three OED students with TD1 shared about their experience, and students were inspired to help their classmates by joining efforts to find a cure.


During the next two weeks, students raised funds for JDRF and sold walk paper-sneakers. The three students with TD1 read morning announcements with facts about diabetes.


On the morning of Oct. 21, a large, motivated crowd turned out for the 9th annual JDRF Kids Walk to Cure Diabetes, with T1D students leading the way for their respective grade level. Each year, a class with a T1D student receives JDRF t-shirts; this year they went to Mrs. Krogslund's first grade class.


“The students love the walk and the program, all the students here show great compassion for their peers,” said Stephanie Giufre, physical education teacher and program organizer.


Over the last nine years, the Otisville school community raised over $50,000 for JDRF, the leading charitable juvenile diabetes research worldwide. Ms. Giufre is confident this year’s fundraising goal of $10,000 will be easily met. OES is the top fundraising school in the Hudson Valley.


A round of thanks and applause to all participants and donors!