Local preschool children will hop to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) fight muscle diseases affecting children and adults. “Hoppers” will collect money from family, friends and neighbors for every hop they make during an allotted timed period – typically anywhere from 10 to 150 hops during the week of April 16, 2012.
This will be the second year Little Blessings Preschool has participated in the MDA Hop-A-Thon. They continue to make this event a successful learning experience for the students by teaching them not only disability awareness, but also that by coming together they can make a big difference one hop at a time. In 2011, the kids raised $5,529, and have set this year’s goal at $6,000! More than 300 students will participate in the event.
The Hop-a-Thon will take place at Little Blessings Preschool located in the Alleluia! Lutheran Church at 4055 Book Road in Naperville. The kids will hop during their scheduled music class time throughout the week.
Assistant Director, Katharine Kuester said, “Our parents really supported the Hop last year and we were so excited especially since it was our first year. We are planning on another great “Hop” this year!.
The Hop-a-Thon culminates a week-long disability awareness program in which teachers educate children about muscles, disabilities, diversity, and helping others. Donations raised from the Hop-a-Thon help MDA send more than 60 children with muscular dystrophy from the surrounding area to MDA summer camp at Camp Read Leaf in Ingleside, IL from June 17th-23rd. Funds also assist with repairing wheelchairs and leg braces; fuel worldwide research seeking treatments and cures to more than 40 neuromuscular diseases; and much more.