Weaver Lake Elementary Kidstop and Cosmic Club participants display their collection of sports equipment. In the front row, left to right, are: Mae Tygum and Jake Pudlick. Middle row: Mikhala Rivers, Wyatt Bjugstad, Kenna McSherry, Carter Nelson, Sophie McElwee and Rachel Penuela. Back row: Morgan Anderson, Stacey Swatek (track and field), Thana Hussein (track and field), Jordan Jess (baseball),Lance Thonvbold (baseball), Morgan Sickels (track and field) and Kayla Anderson (swimming and diving).
Students participating in Weaver Lake Elementary School’s Kidstop and Cosmic Club summer program partnered with University of Minnesota Gophers to collect 1,343 pieces of sports equipment to donate to Sports Gift, a charity based in California that donates sports equipment to less fortunate children all over the world. Students in the Cosmic Club also raised $630 from a bake sale as an additional donation for the organization.
Students participate in a group video conference with Sports Gift founders, Keven and Claire Baxter, while teacher Alex Wallner tends to the technical aspects of the phone call. Approximately 280 students in the Weaver Lake Elementary Kidstop and Cosmic Club kids program participated in the nearly month-long collection.