Elementary students raise money to benefit children

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Christopher Johnson, 9, Mason Gembe, 9, Gabby Ricci, 8, and Taryn Parks, 8, skipped the cafeteria lunch Dec. 17 to eat at Mikie's. They were transported to the restaurant in a loooooooong car, courtesy of the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation. Elementary school students raised money to aid the organization in assisting area children.

A first time event at Greencastle-Antrim Elementary School successfully raised $2,500 for the Drew Michael Taylor Foundation. "It was neat," said principal Chad Stover.

Students donated money in collection jars in each classroom, and were joined by teachers in a mini Dash for Drew on Nov. 12. The next day many of them also participated in the fifth annual Dash for Drew, a two mile fun run for people of all ages. That race, which attracted 525 runners, raised over $4,000 for the non-profit organization.

Two lucky G-AES students won the grand prize of the friendly school competition. The names of Mason Gembe and Taryn Parks were randomly drawn. They chose their friends Christopher Johnson and Gabby Ricci to join them for a limosine ride and lunch at Mikie's on Dec. 17, courtesy of the foundation. Administrators and teachers who helped in the Dash for Drew project accompanied them in the 33-foot Hummer limo.

Foundation president Randy Taylor and treasurer Janet Turner joined the third graders in the festivities. Taylor was also appreciative of Phantom Shadow, which offered the limo for half price. "They are very supportive," he said.

He added that the classroom which raised the most money earned a pizza party.

The Drew Michael Taylor Foundation was established after the death of the 3 year-year-old son of Randy and Marcie Taylor in 2006. It provides educational and recreational opportunities for children through numerous programs.