For the 5th year in a row, Manor Heights Elementary Jaguars spent a fun-filled afternoon “Freezing for a Reason” as they participated in the Special Olympics of Wyoming Jackalope Jump event.
Earning the prize for the largest team for the 3rd year in a row, and as the only team composed of elementary-aged students, the “Frozen Jaguars” team raised a little over $9,500 for Special Olympics Wyoming.
Led by Manor Heights Physical Education teacher Mr. Vondra, the event has become a well-loved tradition among the students and school community. "I wanted to participate in the Jackalope Jump this year because raising money for charity is good! It is good to help people have opportunities they might not normally get." shared 4th-grade student Phineas.
“Participating in community events really gives students the chance to appreciate others’ abilities. My favorite part is seeing student’s faces when it’s “go time”; it’s a mixture of nervousness and pure joy! It is also great to see the students interacting with the Special Olympic athletes, making all the hard work worthwhile! Seeing the Manor Heights families connect through the Special Olympics Jackalope Jump means so much to me,” shared Mr. Vondra.
"I like to support the community and raise money,” said 4th-grade student Caydence, who shared her excitement in participating. “I did the Jackalope Jump last year too, and going into the pool was definitely colder than getting sprayed. I love helping people so they can have things like I do!"
While the event looked a little different this year, Mr. Vondra and Special Olympics Wyoming organized a fun opportunity for the students to celebrate by partnering with the Casper Fire Department Station 5, who stopped by the school to spray students who participated in the event.
"I am super proud of the Manor Heights community for supporting Special Olympics and so impressed with how much money they were able to raise. A tremendous thank you to Mr. Vondra and all our Frozen Jaguars!”, shared Manor Height Principal, Dr. Thompson.
Manor Heights Elementary is committed to working together as a learning community of students, families, and staff to achieve high levels of learning for all students to succeed in school and in life!
Go Frozen Jaguars!