ACA students hop to it for MDA

June 18th, 2015 10:29 am

First Posted: 5/1/2015

CLARKS GREEN — Right foot out. Right foot out.

Left foot out. Left foot out.

Hop forward.

Hop Backward.

Hop. Hop. Hop.

This is what Abington Christian Academy students learned in school on Friday, May 1.

The Bunny Hop, a dance created in 1952, was the theme for the school’s Muscular Dystrophy Hop-A-Thon, through which students raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by hopping. The students collected “per hop” and “lump sum” donation pledges from family members and friends prior to the event. Each participant then had two minutes to hop as many times as he or she could for the competition judges, who counted the hops.

Students unable to hop for medical reasons were permitted to clap with their hands instead.

Third-graders Logan Treat was the fastest hopper of them all, landing 418 times — that’s almost three-and-a-half hops per second.

His secret?

“Stay low and fast,” he said.

Other top hoppers of the day were Noah Dietrich, first grade, 320 hops; Ricky Dewey, kindergarten, 362 hops; Abby Drutherosky, third grade, 295 hops; Sophia Ortiz, fifth grade, 375 hops; Anthony Madeira, eighth grade, 330 hops; Sarah Barbrack, Pre-K 4, 295 hops and Nathanael Kayal, Pre-K 3, 239 hops.

During the event, students also watched educational videos about Muscular Dystrophy (MD), enjoyed snacks and tested their knowledge of the year 1952 with a “just for fun” quiz.

Anthony Madeira said the event helped him see what it is like to have MD.

“I learned that Muscular Dystrophy is really…probably humiliating at times, even though it isn’t your fault that you have it,” he said.

He added that even though it is painful for them, people who have the disease are still able to do a lot of things.

Sophia Ortiz agreed, saying, “They can have fun in different ways than us.”