Vansville students excited about firsts at school [South Laurel/Montpelier]

There has been a lot going on lately at Vansville Elementary School. The school's first annual Family One Mile Fun Run/Walk was held on May 11 at Laurel Lakes, and was open to all in the community. The event was organized by the school's PTA to raise funds for a fence for their playground area, to promote exercise and physical fitness, and to enhance a sense of community involvement. Despite the threat of rain, there were over 100 participants in the event, primarily Vansville students and their families. Free tee shirts were presented to the first 100 registrants. All children who finished the course were given award ribbons. Motivational placards encouraging the runners and walkers designed by Vansville's "Girls on the Run" group were posted along the route. 

Following the run/walk, there was a school grade-level 50 yard dash contest. The top three place finishers in each grade received trophies. Delicious and healthy snacks, including bananas, granola bars and oranges were available after the competitions. After the awards were distributed, there was a drawing for prizes donated by local businesses. Even after a heavy rain began, the group crowded under the cover by the lake house to see if their names were called. Prizes included gift cards from Olive Garden, MOMS Organic Market, Chick-Fil-A and Don Pablos, two one-week passes at L.A. Fitness, bread for one year from Panera, and a city of Laurel pool pass. PTA members Shelly Kvech and Shenda Moore were co-coordinators of the event. Also on the event committee were PTA President Kim Lockett, and teachers April Jacobs and Cynthia Donn. Go to for a more complete list of sponsors and businesses, which donated to and contributed to the success of the event.

If that were not enough excitement at Vansville, there was also the first annual Spelling Bee sponsored by the PTA. Students from grades 1 through 5 tested their vocabulary knowledge on May 17. On the day of the spelling bee, students and staff wore black and orange clothing to include everyone in the "buzz."  Sixty-eight students participated. First place winners in each grade received a trophy. Second and third place winners received a Spelling Bee medal, and all participants were awarded a certificate of participation. First grade winners were: first place Kaylee Vongnara, second place Isaac Mbamuku, third place Kailyn Rapp. Second grade winners: first place Joline Lima, second place Daniela Prudencio, third place Karman Singh. Third grade prize winners were: first place Muaz Malik, second place Jayden Munoz-Whatts, third place Hannah Atkinson. Fourth graders: first place Samnuel Adu, second place Myah Blanks, third place Aderkunie Aadeleke. Top spellers in the fifth grade were: first place Daysia Barr, second place Krystal Serrant, third place Claudia Tan.

Kudos to all from Vansville Elementary School who displayed athletic and academic abilities so well in May. Keep up the great work!

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