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Student Group to Teeter-Totter for Kids
at Longfellow School

RELEASED: April 27, 2006

seesawEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter of the women's fraternity Alpha Xi Delta plan to teeter-totter for 24 hours, May 4-5, to raise funds for Longfellow Elementary School in Eau Claire.

The "Teeter-Totter for Kids" will begin at 1 p.m. May 4 on the UW-Eau Claire Central Campus Mall and continue throughout the night, ending at noon May 5.

Katrina Rademacher, a junior marketing major and the fraternity's vice president for public relations, said the goal for the fundraiser is $3,000. The money will be used for classroom sound amplification systems, she said.

"The women of Alpha Xi Delta have worked with Longfellow's Lighted Schoolhouse program for many years," Rademacher said. "We volunteer with the various activities that take place during the after-school program for students and their families, and help coordinate twice-yearly dances at the school."

Rademacher said the fraternity's philanthropy, "Choose Children," is the basis for how they choose to volunteer and give back to the community.

"Participating in the Lighted Schoolhouse program allows us to have an impact on the lives of these students, helping them to learn and develop in positive ways, which is what Alpha Xi Delta strives to accomplish," Rademacher said.

Holly Larson, who coordinates enrichment activities at Longfellow, said it would be hard to run the Lighted Schoolhouse program without Alpha Xi Delta volunteers. "They chaperone, help serve the meal, clean up, provide activities and interact with the students," she said.

Larson, who plans to teeter-totter with Longfellow Principal Kris Dimock at 9 a.m. May 5 in support of the fundraiser, said student volunteers from the university are the key to the success of extracurricular programming at the school. Blugold athletes, art students, theater students, stunt team members, kinesiology and education students, physics students and others contribute time as mentors, tutors, buddy readers and play partners.

"These volunteers are wonderful role models for our students," Larson said. "They provide activities and opportunities for our students to experience things they might not normally have had the opportunity to do. Their enthusiasm rubs off on our kids."

Event sponsors include Boston's, London Square Theater, Cold Stone Creamery, Buffalo Wild Wings, The Olive Garden, Hot Spot Tanning and Family Video.

Donations to the "Teeter-Totter-a-Thon" can be sent to Longfellow School, 500 Balcom St., Eau Claire, WI 54703.

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