To the editor:

To the editor:

For the past 17 years, Gahanna Middle School East has held a PTA fitness fundraiser. It has been a way to raise money for our PTA to assist with finances for school assemblies, provide academic materials, purchase equipment, assist students in need and provide numerous other services.

Our fitness fundraiser was held May 1 and was a very successful day. This year, we established a lofty goal of $30,000, and with the help of the GMSE community, we were able to achieve our goal. The students were engaged in a variety of physical fitness and competitive activities. We had a large group of parent volunteers, and the entire staff and student body were draped with a rainbow of colored T-shirts designed by two of our students.

In order to give back to the community, each grade level participated in community service. The 6th-graders participated in weeding, cleaning, mulching and planting at GMSE; the 7th-graders helped clean up debris and tree limbs at the new dog park; and our 8th-graders visited five of our elementary schools to work collaboratively on a variety of activities with the elementary students.

I am proud of the work our students did and am thankful for their efforts.

In addition to the traditional fitness activities, we hosted a health fair for our students. A number of vendors participated, including the YMCA, Smoothie King, Dr. Washington, Dr. Bacon, Dr. Callion and Dr. Candler, to name a few. I would like to thank Michelle Washington, who helped organize the health fair and worked closely with Sue Horn, parent volunteer, and the members of our fitness fundraiser team: Katy Grimm, Lisa Grooms, Brian Antrim, Ali Moore, Reba Powers, Sharon Foster, Sue Youmans, Toni Kesser, Dave Merrick and Tom Martin.

Teamwork definitely makes the dream work.

On behalf of the students and staff at Gahanna Middle School East, I express our appreciation to the numerous sponsors of the fitness fundraiser and health fair.

Dwight Carter

Principal

Gahanna Middle School East