Grammy’s Garden Learning Center in East Windsor was full of sunshine on Friday, May 11 when children from the center participated in March of Dimes WonderWalk. To date the children have raised $2,000 to support the organization’s mission to give all babies a strong and healthy start.
WonderWalk was held in conjunction with the center’s Mother’s Day celebration and many moms came out to walk with their kids and support the cause. This was the
“The smiles on the children's faces during the parade
were priceless. It was so great to see all of them work so hard to help all of the babies who are in need. It is so important to teach our children to help the community and future generations and I really feel like we did that today," said Jennifer Ramos, member of the management team at
WonderWalk 2012 had a jungle theme and many children on the walk made animal masks. Over 50 kids participated by walking or in strollers pushed by their teachers and parents. After the walk the kids enjoyed activities such as bean bag tosses, face-painting, “tattoos,” coloring and bubbles.
Funds raised by March for Babies in Connecticut help support prenatal wellness programs, research grants, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) family support
programs and advocacy efforts for stronger, healthier babies.
“We thank the students, parents and staff of Grammy’s Garden for supporting the March of Dimes so enthusiastically,” said Leigh-Anne Lefurge, director of communications for the March of Dimes and a Grammy’s Garden parent. “It is wonderful to see children become involved in community activities at such a young age and the money raised truly makes a difference in the lives of babies.”
The most urgent infant health problem in the U.S. today is premature birth. It affects nearly half a million babies each year. This past November, the March of Dimes issued a report card on Premature Birth, giving the nation a “C” and
Connecticut the grade of “B.” The March of Dimes is committed to reducing this toll by funding research to find the answers to problems that continue to threaten the health of babies.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.