During a school-wide assembly on June 2, teacher Allison Knode and her kindergarten class from Chesterbrook Academy in Chantilly, Va., presented the Washington Capitals with more than $2,200 for Caps defenseman Mike Green
’s So Kids Can program. Capitals mascot Slapshot and members of the Capitals community relations department accepted the money on Green’s behalf, who has returned home to Canada for the summer. During the assembly, Knode explained how her students have been working with the community to raise funds and how they are learning about the cause that So Kids Can is supporting this season.
This year, So Kids Can is working with KaBOOM! to build a Caps-themed playground in an underserved community in the D.C. area. KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to saving play across the country and is best known for its all-volunteer, done-in-a-day playground builds. Once So Kids Can meets its fundraising goal and a site has been selected, Caps fans will be invited to take part in the playground construction. With the help of Washington Capitals Charities, program partner IceWEB
and numerous Caps fans and local businesses, the 2010-11 So Kids Can campaign raised nearly $60,000.
For the past three years, Knode has organized various fundraisers to support Green’s So Kids Can program in an effort to teach her students the importance of community service. This year, their fundraising initiatives included selling ornaments to decorate a holiday tree in the school’s lobby, selling St. Patrick’s Day “Rainbow Grams” and “Lucky Grams” as well as hosting a sports raffle and silent auction.
In addition to their fundraising efforts, this spring the kindergarteners participated in a playground tour where they investigated several area playgrounds’ equipment and structures. During the assembly, the kindergarten students shared with the Capitals their favorite playground pieces that they would like to see featured in the playground that Green will build with KaBOOM! this fall.
In its first two seasons, So Kids Can raised more than $93,000 for charity. In its inaugural year, nearly $30,000 was donated to Pediatric Prosthetics, an organization that helps families throughout the United States who have children who have either lost a limb or have congenital limb deficiency. During the 2009-10 season, So Kids Can raised more than $65,000 for Dr. Bear’s Toy Closet at Children’s National Medical Center.
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