Friday, October 22, 1999

Hop like a bunny, earn money


Preschoolers do their thing for Middletown United Way

BY JENNY CALLISON
Enquirer Contributor

        MIDDLETOWN — Some of Middletown's youngest put their best feet forward Thursday to raise funds for the United Way.

        At a Hop-a-Thon at Miami University Middletown, children enrolled in the campus Child Care Center tried to see how many times they could hop in one minute. Because of pledges the children had collected, each hop generated donations for the Middletown Area United Way.

        About 50 preschoolers participated. As some jumped up and down, their efforts punctuated by the sounds of popping balloons, others practiced their counting skills to keep track of the hops.

        “Our goal was 2,000 hops,” said Heather Porter, director of the Child Care Center.

        The youngsters took pledges, made special tie-dyed T-shirts to wear and listened to stories about local people whom the United Way had helped. They also practiced their hopping and counting.

        Like several other parents enrolled at Miami Middletown, Janet Corris of Monroe took a break from her class schedule to watch her 2-year-old perform in the Hop-a-Thon. Jena managed to hop 40 times when her turn came.

        “We made our goal of 2,000 hops but we won't know how much money we made until we review our pledge forms,“ Ms. Porter said.

        The children's total will be added to the funds pledged by Miami Middletown staff and students. The campuswide goal is $10,000.

       



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