Dan Monk

Stella Maris School promotes literacy and fitness in one event

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Stella Maris School raised money for themselves by holding two events at the same time recently.

The local Catholic elementary school hosted a “drumathon” and a “readathon” with students taking turns doing both. Staff from Movati Amherstburg volunteered their time to assist with the drumathon portion of the event in the school’s gymnasium with guest readers helping with the readathon portion of the day.

Dan Monk, clerk with the Amherstburg Fire Department, reads to Stella Maris School students during the school’s drumathon/readathon.

Guest readers included Father Brian Jane from St. John the Baptist Church, Zack Yott from the Amherstburg Admirals Jr. C hockey team, Amherstburg fire chief Bruce Montone and fire clerk Dan Monk as well as health nurse Dawnice Kavanaugh.

“It’s a good day,” said principal Sophie DiPaolo. “The kids enjoy this.”

DiPaolo said funds collected by the students will go right back into the school. Such uses will include offsetting busing costs for field trips, technology for the classrooms, updated team uniforms and other items deemed necessary by the Girard St. school.

“It’s all to help the kids and their families,” said DiPaolo.

The entire school participated, she added. DiPaolo also pointed out the school’s parent council did a cookie dough fundraiser earlier in the school year.

Stella Maris School students participate in the “drumathon” portion of their recent fundraiser.

DiPaolo added that they don’t put pressure on the students to fundraise and that if students weren’t able to bring in any money, they were still allowed to participate.

“It’s literacy-based and it’s fitness-based,” DiPaolo said of the daylong event. “Everyone wins.”

“Wimpy” Tiefenbach Volleyball Tournament a hit at its new location

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The J. “Wimpy” Tiefenbach Memorial Volleyball Tournament was held Saturday in a new spot but still produced strong results.

The tournament was played at the Fort Family Fun Centre on both the sand volleyball courts as well as grass courts chalked out behind the sand courts.

The J. “Wimpy” Tiefenbach Memorial Volleyball tournament was held Saturday at the Fort Family Fun Centre. A total of 33 teams participated.

The J. “Wimpy” Tiefenbach Memorial Volleyball tournament was held Saturday at the Fort Family Fun Centre. A total of 33 teams participated.

“The new location worked out great,” said Rick Reid, a member of the tournament’s organizing committee that also included Dan Monk, Kristi Meloche, Mike Olson, Pat Kochaniec and Ken Rivait. “Thanks to the Fort Family Fun Centre for donating the property to us for yet another Wimpy Tiefenbach tournament.”

The new location is believed to have contributed to a younger crowd attending as Reid noticed there were “a lot of young faces” this year. He added that a lot of volunteers helped come out Saturday to make sure the volleyball tournament was presented smoothly.

The J. “Wimpy” Tiefenbach Memorial Volleyball tournament was held Saturday at the Fort Family Fun Centre. A total of 33 teams participated.

The J. “Wimpy” Tiefenbach Memorial Volleyball tournament was held Saturday at the Fort Family Fun Centre. A total of 33 teams participated.

There was a bit of a slow start as just a few weeks ago, there were only three teams signed up. There ended up being 33 teams over four divisions by the time the tournament started.

“This is Amherstburg,” said Monk. “Everyone pulls together in the end.”

The J. “Wimpy” Tiefenbach Memorial Volleyball tournament was held Saturday at the Fort Family Fun Centre. A total of 33 teams participated.

The J. “Wimpy” Tiefenbach Memorial Volleyball tournament was held Saturday at the Fort Family Fun Centre. A total of 33 teams participated.

The tournament is an annual event put on by the Amherstburg Firefighters Association and all proceeds stay within the community. The association presents scholarships and also uses proceeds to support others in need. Early projections have this year’s tournament raising about $4-5,000.

“It’s our 28th year,” added Monk. “We’re hoping to keep on going.”