2018-06-06 / Voice at the Shore

JCC mixes trike-riding fun with tzedakah for St. Jude’s


Johnny Amodeo and MJ Francis, both age 3, get gas at the JCC’s Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Johnny Amodeo and MJ Francis, both age 3, get gas at the JCC’s Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Margate JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center hosted its annual Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on May 17. The JCC has raised over $10,000 for St. Jude’s over the eight years that it has participated in this event.

The St. Jude Trike-A-Thon is a fun, service learning program for daycare centers and preschools that teaches young children trike and riding-toy safety while helping the children of St. Jude.

“Giving our families and young children the opportunity to give back while doing something fun and different in the school environment brings them tremendous joy,” said Early Childhood Education Center Director Jan Higbee. “It is not every day that kids get to ride their bikes in preschool and it provides us an excellent opportunity to teach them the importance of tzedakah, the Hebrew word for charitable giving, instilling that giving back can also be fun!”

In addition to riding, students were able to take part in various stations including an area to wash their bikes, a “gas” station and a space to learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. 

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