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Special Olympics surprises Manor Heights Elementary School with awards for fundraising

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 12:52 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In February, students from Manor Heights Elementary School raised $15,000 for Special Olympics Wyoming. On May 10, Special Olympics surprised the school with a special award ceremony to recognize their fundraising efforts.

“Oh it was a total surprise. It was kind of cool we had a music program, then my parents started walking in, and then the jackalope walked in, so it was pretty cool it was fun,” said Manor Heights PE Teacher Nathan Vondra.

Special Olympics organized the event to surprise students and staff at the school with multiple special awards. Principal Kent Thompson accepted a Gold Award on behalf of the school.

“It was a total surprise, so thank you to Special Olympics Wyoming for the recognition, but we’re just very proud of being able to give back to what is such a worthy cause,” said Thompson.

Vondra was also given his own Gold Award for the work he has put in to get students involved in fundraising for the Jackalope Jump and Special Olympics for the last six years.

“I think we’ve done it six years here at Manor, it’s kind of grown every single year we get more kids, raise more money, more awareness for Special Olympics so it’s been pretty fun,” said Vondra.

One student was also recognized for his individual fundraising efforts. He and Vondra were each given a Special Olympics Wyoming jacket for fundraising over $750 each.

“It felt really good that a lot of people were supporting me and helping me fundraise for people in need that want to do sports and games,” said Manor Heights Student Boston Krucheck.

Manor Heights plans to continue participating in the Jackalope Jump each year. They have high hopes for next year’s fundraising goals.

“The 15,000 was an absolute surprise, we were just under 10,000 last year and we were hoping that we could come somewhere close to that then we jumped to 15. There’s no limit now, we’ll see what next year brings,” said Thompson.

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