Although it seems like just about everyone is doing a marathon these days, we write to you for your support not for myself, but for some of the most influential and inspiring teenagers we have ever had the privilege of meeting.
IVDU is not your typical school, as we focus on much more than academic growth. Each student at the IVDU Upper School participates in a vocational training program, a life skills program, and a social skills course, in addition to engaging in English, Science, Social Studies, and Math.
With all the hard work they put in each day, the IVDU administration decided to add one more challenge to the mix. We wanted “our students ” to participate with TEAM YACHAD in the the Miami Marathon in January 2018.
You might be asking yourself why would we do such a thing. But we ask you, why wouldn’t we? Marathon participation requires teamwork, dedication, commitment, and discipline. Marathon participation provides a sense of inclusion in something much bigger than any one person can do individually, it promotes a sense of accomplishment, of achievement, and finally, it gives each student an opportunity to say, “yes. I can” instead of “no, I can’t.”
Since we’ve told the students about this opportunity, the school hallway has been abuzz and the energy in the school has been uplifting. Not a day has gone by since the students have begun collecting sponsors for TEAM IVDU that wehave not been greeted with the excited banter of students who have successfully been working toward reaching their own personal fundraising goals. So, as we began this letter with, these teenagers inspired me. By their motivation. By their dedication.
So we are asking you to support these students, letting them know that you’re impressed by them too. That you support their efforts. we ask you, therefore, to not only support my fundraiser efforts, but to let these kids know (by including a comment on the donation page) that you’re proud of them, and that you believe THEY CAN DO IT. A donation of any amount, along with a supportive and encouraging message, will really get this point across.
On behalf of the students of the Marilyn David IVDU Upper School, thank you for your support… and we’ll see you at the finish line!