Catonsville Elementary students show support for Kids Helping Hopkins

Kids Helping Hopkins photo

Catonsville Elementary students Abby and Nina greeted visitors to the Kids Helping Hopkins 2017 kickoff.

CATONSVILLE – It’s become a fun Catonsville Elementary tradition. Each February, it’s time to hop.

Catonsville Elementary hosts Hop for Hopkins, a dance fundraiser that benefits Johns Hopkins Children’s Center patients. It is one of many initiatives Team BCPS schools host annually as part of Kids Helping Hopkins. In its 23rd year, Kids Helping Hopkins has raised $1.7 million.

Kids Helping Hopkins held its kickoff event at Catonsville Elementary Sept. 28, an appropriate spot considering how much students and staff there have done to help raise funds and awareness. Last year, Catonsville raised $2,000 for Kids Helping Hopkins.

At this year’s launch event, Catonsville Elementary student volunteers greeted students and helped with set up. The Catonsville High Steel Drum Band provided entertainment.

(See: Kids Helping Hopkins launch photo gallery)

Catonsville Elementary Principal Linda Miller was on the original steering committee for Kids Helping Hopkins in 1993.

“As I’ve gone to different schools, I’ve always brought Kids Helping Hopkins with me,” she said.

As a result, the Catonsville Elementary community has rallied behind the initiative. Kids Helping Hopkins founder Anita Rozenel, a retired BCPS music teacher, presented Catonsville Elementary students with a Children’s Champion award for their 2016-17 Hop for Hopkins efforts. The family-friendly February event features dancing and fundraising activities.

“I like the feeling that we were doing something that helped other kids,” said Isabela, last year’s Catonsville Elementary Student Council President who is currently a Grade 6 student at Arbutus Middle.

Photo of Catonsville Elementary students accepting Children's Champion award.

Catonsville Elementary Student Council leaders accept the Children’s Champion award from Kids Helping Hopkins. They are pictured with Principal Linda Miller.

Anderson Jones, a Carroll County youth who received a life-saving arthroscopic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, spoke at the 2017-2018 launch event. He frequently visits Hopkin’s Children’s patients now and has become a Kids Helping Hopkins advocate.

Several BCPS schools are planning to assist Kids Helping Hopkins this year, including:

  • Battle Grove Elementary
  • Campfield Early Childhood Learning Center
  • Carney Elementary
  • Catonsville Elementary
  • Chatsworth School
  • Dumbarton Middle
  • Edgemere Elementary
  • Elmwood Elementary
  • Franklin Elementary
  • Golden Ring Middle
  • Gunpowder Elementary
  • Halethorpe Elementary
  • Hawthorne Elementary
  • Hereford Middle
  • Hereford High
  • Johnnycake Elementary
  • Lutherville Lab
  • Lyons Mill Elementary
  • New Town Elementary
  • Oliver Beach Elementary
  • Padonia International Elementary
  • Perry Hall Elementary
  • Perry Hall High
  • Pleasant Plains Elementary
  • Ridgely Middle
  • Riderwood Elementary
  • Ridge Ruxton School
  • Sandalwood Elementary
  • Sparks Elementary
  • Sparrows Point Middle
  • Stoneleigh Elementary
  • Summit Park Elementary
  • Victory Villa Elementary
  • Woodholme Elementary

So be on the lookout for future fundraisers. Unrestricted funds raised for the Children’s Center help pay for the needs of children and their families and support our numerous special services.

“Even our youngest learners understand the gift of selfless giving,” BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White said. “I am so proud, and so appreciative, of the school communities who have helped this beneficial initiative.”

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