Back on a chilly December Saturday before the holiday break, the Advent fourth graders and quite a few other Advent families and faculty members, braved the cold weather to support one of our own to raise money for a great cause.  Ten-year-old Cooper struggles with juvenile arthritis daily. He feels the effects of arthritis daily in his jaw, his hands, and his legs. His classmates always do what they can to help him at school, but they decided to do more.



This year Cooper and his family decided to join the Jingle Bell Run to help conquer arthritis once and for all.  So, naturally his Advent classmates decided to help him out!  Cooper’s goal was to recruit 25 teammates and raise $1,000 to help fight this debilitating disease that impacts more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children. When word spread that Cooper was participating in this event, “Cooper’s Troopers” quickly increased to over 60 team members!


Although it was a cold morning, everyone was so excited.  With jingle bells on our shoes and dressed in red and green festive outfits, including our adorable Christmas scarves, we all enjoyed either running in the 5K or the 1mile fun run. Even our own policeman from school started things off by leading runners with his police car to the start the races.


Along with his “Cooper’s Troopers”, the family was able to raise over $3,500 for juvenile arthritis! What a fun day we all had and Cooper and his family are really grateful for the support.

Cathy Vance