West Hartford’s Norfeldt Elementary School held a very successful fundraiser on Nov. 12.
By Genna Griffith Giammatteo
On Saturday, Nov. 12, Norfeldt Elementary School held its fifth Annual Dolphin Dash, a FUN Run and fundraiser for the Norfeldt PTO. With the support of local businesses and the Norfeldt Community, the school raised over $30,000 to fund enrichment programs, classroom needs, field trips and special events.
Although earlier in the week there were thoughts of postponing the run due to the inclement weather, the rain cleared just in time. With a little help from Norfeldt neighbors and staff who showed up with their leaf blowers and rakes to clear the course, the event was a go!
DJ Natalie, NYC’s Premier kids DJ, was the emcee and pumped up the crowd with upbeat music throughout the event. The start line ceremony featured special guest Rachel Frank, Chief Meteorologist at FOX61 and a West Hartford resident, who highlighted the top three student fundraisers – Gabriel Floyd, Abree Orti,z and Landon Battle. Mr. Musca’s second grade class won top fundraising prize as well.
Three fifth grade students, Eva Peterson, Jada Ferriera, and Ian Kennedy sang the National Anthem to kick off the run. FIN, the school mascot, was there to cheer on students and join in the post race dance party. Refreshments were sold by the fifth grade families to raise funds for their yearbook.
This run was not about winning, but challenged students to see how many laps they could finish in two hours. Each time a student completed a lap they would receive a bracelet as an incentive. By the time the event was over, 8,000 bracelets were distributed!
This year the Norfeldt PTO provided a free Dolphin Dash t-shirt to all students and Norfeldt faculty volunteers to encourage participation and to ensure this event was accessible to all.
“I am so grateful for the generosity of our local business sponsors and Norfeldt Families who made this event a success. The PTO always goes the extra mile to support our school needs and show our faculty that they are appreciated.“ said Jen Derick, Norfeldt principal .
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