LEWISTON---Every spring, the pre-kindergarteners at Saint Dominic Academy’s Lewiston campus participate in a Hop-a-Thon to raise money for a local charity. This year, picking the recipient turned out to be a small and easy leap.
“After learning about seniors in our community who struggle with food insecurity, we chose SeniorsPlus’ Meals on Wheels program,” said Kristine Fox, a pre-kindergarten teacher at St. Dom’s. “Our little saints chose this organization in hopes of helping the seniors in need. It is a crisis that is often overlooked and has become even more profound during the pandemic.”
After weeks of gathering sponsors and filling out pledge sheets, the pre-k students got their legs ready for a morning of hopping fun.
“For two minutes, the children hopped, rested, marched, and cheered along to music,” said Fox. “Each participant averaged over 100 hops!”
In a matter of minutes, the students raised $840 for the program.
“This very special event ended with a cheer for our hoppers and a prayer for those we were honoring,” said Fox. “We are so grateful for the support of our pre-kindergarten families and friends.”
“It’s never too early for children to learn about empathy, volunteering, and philanthropy,” said Betsy Sawyer-Manter, CEO and President of SeniorsPlus, “and it definitely helps to have boundless energy to put to good work. Many thanks to all the hoppers!”
Located in Lewiston, the mission of SeniorsPlus is to enrich the lives of older people and adults with disabilities and to assist them in remaining safely at home for as long as possible. It is the designated Area Agency on Aging for Franklin, Oxford, and Androscoggin counties.
The organization’s Meals on Wheels program provides well-balanced meals, wellness checks, and socialization opportunities. Annually, SeniorsPlus serves more than 19,000 individuals. For more information or to learn how you can help the organization’s cause, visit www.seniorsplus.org.