Weaver Lake Kidstop students partner with Gopher athletes to raise funds

Weaver Lake Elementary School Kidstop students and staff partner with University of Minnesota Gophers athletes to sponsor a car wash. Funds raised from the event will go towards purchasing sports equipment for impoverished children.

Weaver Lake Elementary School Kidstop students and staff partner with University of Minnesota Gophers athletes to sponsor a car wash. Funds raised from the event will go towards purchasing sports equipment for impoverished children.

Kidstop students at Weaver Lake Elementary School are spending their summer learning “Fit is Fun.” In the process, they are raising funds to make a difference for others around the country.

Kidstop is partnering with the University of Minnesota Gophers this summer to raise funds for Sports Gift. This charity organization distributes sports equipment to communities in over 50 countries all over the world to help provide sports to impoverished children. The charity was founded in 2002 by Keven and Claire Baxter in Dana Point, Calif.

Weaver Lake Elemenetary School Kidstop students, left to right, Henry Lopez, Gerit Notch and Danny Desnick participate in a car wash fundraiser. Proceeds will be used to purchase sports equipment to donate to Sports Gift, a non-profit charity that distributes sporting equipment to impoverished children.

Weaver Lake Elemenetary School Kidstop students, left to right, Henry Lopez, Gerit Notch and Danny Desnick participate in a car wash fundraiser. Proceeds will be used to purchase sports equipment to donate to Sports Gift, a non-profit charity that distributes sporting equipment to impoverished children.

Gopher athletes and Weaver Lake Kidstop students are already halfway to their goal of raising enough funds to donate 1,000 pieces of equipment this summer. The Gophers joined Kidstop students in a car wash fundraiser and are sponsoring an athletic equipment collection drive. Students are continuing to come up with fundraising ideas throughout the summer. Together, the students and Gopher athletes will continue their community service efforts into August by spending an afternoon packing food at Feed My Starving Children.

A final presentation also will take place Aug. 13 at Weaver Lake Elementary School as the Kidstop students and Gopher athletes visit with the Sports Gift founders via Face Time video conferencing to present the funds they have raised. Gophers participating in this program have included athletes from the football, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, track and field, and swimming and diving teams.

Kidstop is a year-round, school-age care program offered for kindergarten through sixth graders to meet the childcare needs of parents in Independent School District 279.

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