Friday, October 22, 1999

Hop like a bunny, earn money

Preschoolers do their thing for Middletown United Way

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.


On guard against a rapist
Some tips for staying safe
Coming soon: New Fort Washington Way
Council hopefuls spend big
Businesses major backers of school campaigns
$400,000 raised for ballot issues
Council incumbents defend records
Gun controversy prompts school board to cancel meeting
Leaf-looking at its peak
Miss America speaks for homeless vets
Panel hopes The Banks can get funds
Teens barred from honor club will get $999
City takes on revitalization after years of failed attempts
N.Ky. pushes for community college
Woman killed in work accident
'Bama fan goes to great lengths
Radio contest challenges rivals
Worship's changing shape
Americana park fined $13,000
Day's poll work can earn $112
Fidelity opens talks for access road
GOP lawmaker to head PR-lobbying operation
- Hop like a bunny, earn money
Justice Dept. sues Columbus
Kids just say no to violence
Miami works to boost minority recruitment
Panel offers concepts for mall
Park's debut to be a blast
Taxi-bus outfit blocked in move
Two injured in multivehicle wreck
Walk as One honors minister
Warren areas invited into cable network