After COVID Break, Community Events Return for Elementary Marvin of Norwalk

NORWALK — Marvin Elementary School has waited nearly three years to bring back its annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser, and Mother Nature’s rainstorm last week wasn’t going to ruin it again.

Instead of strolling to Calf Pasture Beach, students snuck into the halls to celebrate this year’s Walk-A-Thon, which raised nearly $30,000 for the elementary school. The gymnasium was transformed into a dance club with flashing neon lights and a professional DJ playing high-energy music for the kids as they danced.

The return of celebrated school events continues this weekend when Marvin School staff take on staff members from Naramake Elementary School and Silvermine Dual Language Magnetic School in a kickball tournament at 6 p.m. Friday at Calf Pasture Beach.

Tickets for the event will be sold at a cost of $5 per person.

“There’s nothing like friendly competition between teachers and staff with kids and their families coming out to watch and cheer us on,” said Michelle Suda, a second-grade teacher at Marvin Elementary. “It will be a great fundraiser filled with laughter, smiles and memories.”

Traditionally a dodgeball tournament, the staff competition event is also returning after a two-year suspension due to the pandemic. Suda would like to see similar events held throughout the year with more participating schools.

“It was great to see the kids light up when their teacher came up to the stands to give them a high-five and a hug,” Suda said of the final staff dodgeball game held at Norwalk High School. just before schools close in March. 2020. “It’s good to be able to show sportsmanship and teamwork while playing in these events, as well as for them to see us in a different light.”

Common Council member Josh Goldstein said there was “no way I could turn down the opportunity to referee a kickball tournament”. He also called Norwalk Public Schools teachers and staff “heroes” as they continued to do “the impossible under incredibly difficult circumstances”.

“The return of events like the Staff Kickball Tournament marks a turning point in the pandemic and brings back an important way to express our gratitude,” Goldstein said.

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