All told, there were 165 Tokeneke students, in kindergarten to grade 5, who attended the "Groove-a-Thon" and were challenged to keep moving for one hour straight. The children danced their way to the largest donation in the history of the fundraiser. The Kids Care Club thrilled presented Obie Harrington-Howes with a check in the amount of $4,000 for his foundation, which provides support for Connecticut residents living with spinal cord injuries.
Harrington-Howes was touched by the level of participation. "This is the best turnout. They've raised more money this year. It's just unbelievable," he said.
The event caps off a successful year for the Tokeneke Kids Care Club, which has grown to more than 100 members from 30 students the previous year. The focus of the club is to make an immediate and lasting impact on the world through different aspects of volunteering. Some highlights of the year include making 200 care packages for soldiers overseas, collecting 172 turkeys for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and donating more than 350 new toys to children in need. In December the Tokeneke Kids Care Club was honored to be selected out of 1,800 clubs nationwide to be GenerationOn Joy Embassadors for National Giving Tuesday, an annual day of charity.