L. Rodbell, 6th grade student at Portsmouth Elem. (center holding check) was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 5 years old. Knowing that other PES students also had diabetes, Rodbell decided to collect money for diabetes research. With November being diabetes awareness month--it was a perfect opportunity to also raise awareness. He set a personal goal of $200 and asked students and staff at PES to collect money for 2 weeks. During this time, Rodbell visited several classrooms and shared his experiences and daily routines as a child living with type 1 diabetes. The staff and students went above and beyond his goal and collected $1,200. All money collected was sent to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDFR). Pictured are Mrs. Nelson's and Mrs. Guthrie's classrooms who raised the most money.
The week before Christmas is busy with several musical events. The Trojan Express/PES Band Concert is Tues., Dec. 17th at 7:00 PM with EPE hosting Christmas in New York on Dec. 19th at 6:00 PM. Last week, PES held two performances by 1st and 3rd graders.