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Tinc Road brightens the holidays
Two outreach programs are underway here at Tinc Road that will help make the season jolly for those in need. The annual food drive and holiday giving tree both began on November 2 and run through mid-December.
The holiday food drive collects canned and boxed products to benefit the Mount Olive food pantry at Christ Episcopal Church in Budd Lake. Parents, students, and staff members are encouraged to contribute items used for a traditional holiday meal and drop them off in the nurse’s office. Suggested items include:
Canned cranberry sauce
Canned yams/sweet potatoes
Boxed pie crusts
Canned pie fillings
As of November 19, nearly 200 pounds of food has already been collected and delivered to the pantry.
“The response has been overwhelming,” said Geri-Lynn Sullivan, school nurse. “But there are so many needy families out there. I hope the generosity and support continue with the same level of enthusiasm we’ve seen so far.”
The giving tree, another Tinc Road tradition, collects toiletries for the church food panty and ShopRite gift cards for families within the school community that could use a helping hand this holiday season. PTA members staffed a table during parent/teacher conferences held in early November to encourage parents to take part.
Teacher Mary Hund has incorporated the real-life activity of weighing the collections into the instructional process. Over the course of the six-week drive, a group of her students use the mobile scale from the nurse’s office to weigh the items each week and will be using the weight figures in math activities such as creating graphs and pie charts. (To get the most accurate measurements on a scale with a weighing surface designed for two feet instead of large boxes, the donated products are placed in bags and weighed with students holding them. The necessary calculations are then made to determine the actual weights of the goods.)
Ms. Sullivan and Jaimie Swingle, interim guidance counselor, coordinate the food drive. Donations should be in by December 11.
PTA member Jill Bastarrika coordinates the giving tree, which ends on December 18.
|Teacher Mary Hund with a group of her students in charge of weighing donated items|
|Lauren Bretger and Mark Eckert show off a NYC marathon medallion|
They did it!
Physical education teacher Lauren Bretzger and custodian Mark Eckert completed the New York City Marathon.
The grueling 26.2 mile race started at the Verrazano Bridge in Staten Island and traversed all five city boroughs before ending in Central Park near Tavern on the Green. Students, parents, and faculty members tracked Mrs. Bretzger’s and Mr. Eckert’s progress throughout the day via a marathon cell phone app that monitors computer chips in racing bibs to pinpoint runner positions.
Mrs. Bretzger and Mr. Eckert received their race entries thanks to Tinc Road’s participation in Mighty Milers, a program developed by marathon-sponsor New York Road Runners (NYRR).
Mighty Milers encourages kids to exercise and helps them recognize the importance of physical activity as a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. About 175 Tinc Road students in grades 3-5 participate in the program. They set goals to run and/or walk a certain distance and earn rewards along the way for hitting various milestones and achieving personal goals. The incentives, all provided courtesy of NYRR, include medals, tee-shirts, certificates, picture magnets, wristbands, and pens.
Mrs. Bretzger and physical education teacher Brian Allen coordinate the program here and keep track of the distances that students run in gym class and during warmups. They enter the data into a NYRR website that students can access to track their miles.
“Because we were running in the marathon, the kids were really inspired,” said Mrs. Bretzger. “Brian and I always discuss perseverance in class and tell students they have the ability to do anything if they put their mind and heart into it. The kids really pushed themselves so far. They also have learned that running is something that you can do for the rest of your life.”
Mrs. Bretzger raised a total of $2,300 for the NYRR charity, Team for Kids. Team for Kids funds the Mighty Milers program free of charge to students throughout the nation. Tinc Road students and faculty also supported Team for Kids on National Running Day in June and raised $700.
This is the second year that Tinc Road has been involved in Mighty Milers. As of November 13, students have racked up a total of 1,036 miles.