Most would agree that schools have a profound impact on their students, but what about students having a profound impact on their schools? Brooks Global Elementary School in Greensboro is a perfect example of the lasting impact a student can make and how it can benefit others for years to come.
Dustin Edmondson’s elementary school days are behind him, but the Special Olympics Guilford/Greensboro athlete was once again cheering on his alma mater as current students worked to raise money for Special Olympics North Carolina.
Brooks Global Elementary School is dedicated to developing citizens and leaders within the global community. Each year, the students and faculty choose a theme centered on community, agriculture, or water, and then choose a charity or organization that falls within the overarching theme.
“We hope that giving students the opportunity to help so many people will open them up to continue to make a big difference in our community and the world,” explained Sarah Lubchenko, an Academically Gifted teacher at Brooks Global.
This year, students made a very easy choice thanks to Edmondson’s legacy at the school and selected Special Olympics North Carolina as the recipient of funds raised from a school-wide talent show. Classes hung promotional posters around school, encouraged family and friends to attend and helped pack the auditorium as 30 acts took the stage, featuring talented singers, dancers, drummers, violinists, and pianists. But the best part was collecting more than $880 for Special Olympics in honor of Edmondson.
But it didn’t stop there. Like many who get involved with Special Olympics, Brooks Global students were hooked and wanted to do more! Each classroom collected bottled water for Special Olympics Guilford/Greensboro’s Spring Games and made signs to encourage participating athletes to do their best.
“The support from Brooks Global this spring was overwhelming! Not only did they fundraise, make signs, and collect water for Spring Games, they did it all to honor an athlete who graduated from Brooks and has become a leader in the Special Olympics movement,” explained Charyl Clark, Special Olympics Guilford/Greensboro coordinator.
Students found a way to give back to Edmondson as well. When his softball team heads to Raleigh to compete in the 2017 SONC Summer Games, they will travel with new equipment and uniforms, coolers full of waters, and well wishes made by the Brooks Global student body. That kind of support gives the Greensboro Gators even more incentive to go for the gold.
Brooks Global Elementary School seeks to educate students who will have a lasting impact on their community. In the case of Dustin Edmondson and his legacy with the school, they have definitely succeeded.