Gorman Crossing Elementary School PTA Earns $1,000 Thanks to KinderMender Decathlon Win
Annual event challenges Laurel children to exercise, eat healthy
LAUREL, Md., March 16, 2014 – Gorman Crossing Elementary School PTA now has an extra $1,000 to spend on students thanks to the school’s recent win at the second annual KinderMender Decathlon. The healthy activities contest was held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in honor of the walk-in pediatric center’s second year of service in Laurel, Md.
A Different Kind of Decathlon
To win, a school’s students needed to earn the highest number of points by completing some or all of the following ten activities related to exercising, eating nutritiously, or abstaining from unhealthy habits:
1. No sugary drinks for the day
2. No junk food for the day
3. Do 10 sit ups
4. Do 10 push ups
5. Do 10 Jumping Jacks
6. Do 10 minutes of jumping rope
7. Eat an apple a day
8. Try a new fruit or veggie
9. Play outside for 10 minutes
10. No screen time for 1 hour (no electronics)
A Fun-Filled Awards Celebration
During the March 14 awards celebration featuring healthy snacks, activities, and entertainment, KinderMender staff members tallied students’ points and awarded Gorman Crossing Elementary School’s PTA with the top prize of $1,000. All participating students received a certificate of achievement and the PTAs at Laurel Woods Elementary and Scotchtown Hills Elementary each received $100 just for participating in the Decathlon. Last year’s winner was Scotchtown Hills Elementary School.
“We started the Decathlon to celebrate our Laurel location’s first year of service to the community, but I’m so glad we decided to make it an annual event,” said Dr. Keyvan Rafei, KinderMender’s founder and Medical Director. “It helps remind children that being healthy requires ongoing effort, plus we get to reward local PTAs every year – what could be better?”
In addition to its Laurel, Md. location, opened in 2012, KinderMender opened its Columbia, Md. location in 2011 and its Glen Burnie, Md. location in 2015.
Founded by Dr. Keyvan Rafei in 2011, KinderMender is a full-service, walk-in pediatric urgent and primary care provider with locations in Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Laurel, Maryland. Each location accepts most insurance providers and has pediatricians, antibiotics, and vaccinations available on-site. For more information,
Dr. Keyvan Rafei
Founder and Medical Director, KinderMender
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