Jingle Bell Run is fun for Galena students

GALENA — The run-up to winter break was a mad dash for the students of Galena Elementary School, who took a lap around the paved track while collecting Christmas-themed goodies at seven stations.

The second edition of the Jingle Bell Fun Run was held Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 20, which was the last day of school heading into the holidays.

The aim is to raise money to fund the design and construction of an inclusive and engaging playground for all GALES students, according to a letter that was sent out to area businesses and organizations.

The inaugural event in 2022 was the school’s most successful fundraiser of the year and one of the most talked about events.

Sponsorships were offered this year with varying levels of giving, from $10 for a pair of Galena Gator mittens to $60 for 500 red/white mini candy canes to $300 for 300 glitter Christmas eyeglasses.

There were also jingle bell bracelets, jingle bell necklaces and Santa hats.

Students sprinted from one station to the next, stopping first at the station manned by Erin Legg (the school’s Judy Center coordinator) and Casey Carroll (co-owner of Bayside Market in Rock Hall), where they were each given a Santa hat.

The fifth graders set the pace, running as a class. Then came the fourth graders, the third graders and so on and so on, culminating with the pre-kindergartners.

There were a total of 13 sponsors for the seven stations: Echo Hill Camp, KAOS Lacrosse, EnergyWise, The Peoples Bank, Bayside Market, Turner’s Auction, Kinder Connection, Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s County, Open Doors Partners in Education, Bernard and Barbara Kohl, B. Blyman Landscaping, Sisters by Chance Catering and the Galena Lions Club.

The Kent County Family YMCA sent two representatives — branch Executive Director Erica Osterhout and aquatics and program director Kody Shepke — who joined school counselor Camy Gerstung at the final station where students were given jingle bell necklaces.

“It was a great collaboration between the school and community businesses, organizations and families,” said Julie Blyman, the parent/Gator Grownup (PTA) representative on the Jingle Bell Fun Run Committee that included Principal Becky Yoder, school secretary Stephanie Krastel and Rachel Hopkins, the school’s Title I interventionist.

Blyman, the mother of 10-year-old triplets, said the event was a wonderful kickoff to winter break.

“The students had a blast running around the track collecting their holiday accessories,” Blyman said in an email to The Evening Enterprise.

She added, “The Jingle Bell Run really showcased the hard work and dedication of the GALES administration and staff as well as the incredible support the school has from the community.”

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  1. Wonderful Event….Fun Had By All.
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