CASPER, Wyo. — Manor Heights Elementary’s “Frozen Jaguars” team is the only team composed of elementary age students to participate in Special Olympics Wyoming’s “Jackalope Jump.”
The Frozen Jaguars raised over $9,500 for Special Olympics Wyoming this year and recently held their fifth annual “Freezing for a Reason” event in conjunction with the “Jackalope Jump” fundraiser, the Natrona County School District announced on Thursday, April 8.
Firefighters out of Casper Fire Station No. 5 stopped by the school to spray students who participated in the fundraiser.
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Manor Heights Physical Education Teacher Nathan Vondra led the “Frozen Jaguars” team this year.
“Participating in community events really gives students the chance to appreciate others’ abilities,” Vondra said in NCSD’s announcement. “My favorite part is seeing student’s faces when it’s “go time”; it’s a mixture of nervousness and pure joy.”
“It is also great to see the students interacting with the Special Olympic athletes, making all the hard work worthwhile! Seeing the Manor Heights families connect through the Special Olympics Jackalope Jump means so much to me.”
Fourth grade students participating in the fundraiser spoke about why: “I wanted to participate in the Jackalope Jump this year because raising money for charity is good! It is good to help people have opportunities they might not normally get,” Phineas said.
Caydence added: “I like to support the community and raise money. I did the Jackalope Jump last year too, and going into the pool was definitely colder than getting sprayed. I love helping people so they can have things like I do.”
Manor Heights Principal Dr. Kent Thompson said he is “super proud of the Manor Heights community for supporting Special Olympics and so impressed with how much money they were able to raise. A tremendous thank you to Mr. Vondra and all our Frozen Jaguars.”