Sixth graders walk for charities

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Middlebrook’s three sixth grade teams raised more than $23,000 for charities during their annual Sixth Grade Walk-a-thon service project last week.
Approximately 360 sixth graders walked around the school’s lower football field and tennis courts on Friday, May 1, to raise money for the following charities:


Student volunteers on each sixth grade team researched and presented a charity idea to their teams. The teams then voted on which charity they wanted to support in the walk-a-thon.

“Students on each team have personal connections to each charity that was chosen and the donations can make a significant impact,” said sixth grade social studies teacher Luisa Nanos.

Six Yellow


The Six Yellow team chose the Smith-Magenis Syndrome Research Foundation. According to its website, the foundation’s mission is to “support research to improve the knowledge and understanding of SMS (Smith-Magenis syndrome) so that viable therapeutic options can be developed in order to improve the quality of life of those with SMS.”
Click here  to learn more about the Smith-Magenis Syndrome Research Foundation.

Six Green


The Six Green team chose Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, whose vision is to eradicate childhood cancer. According to its website, the foundation’s mission is “to raise money and awareness of childhood cancer causes, primarily research into new treatments and cures” and “to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.”
Click here  to learn more about the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Six Red


Because of a tied vote, the Six Red team supported two charities — the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut and the LAM Foundation. Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions, and the LAM Foundation supports research for effective treatments and ultimately a cure for lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare lung disease.
Click here  to learn more about Make-a-Wish of Connecticut.
Click here  to learn more about the LAM Foundation.