Tae Kwon Do-nation for Warm the Children

  • The Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center presented Natasha Kulisanski, advertising representative of the Greenfield Recorder, with a $4,745 donation that was raised during its “breakathon” event to benefit the Warm the Children program. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 2/16/2020 5:10:52 PM

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center raised approximately $4,745 since October for the Warm the Children fundraiser.

Head Instructor David Johnson said it was another successful year for the local Tae Kwon Do Center, 102 Federal St., which has participated in the fundraiser for the past 17 years. On Thursday, Feb. 13, the center presented Natasha Kulisanski, advertising representative of the Greenfield Recorder, which organizes Warm the Children, with approximately $4,745 to put toward the program.

Warm the Children was started by the Greenfield Recorder in 1993 to help families in need avoid spending money every year on things children need, such as warm winter clothes. The Recorder coordinates the fundraising drive which, along with the work of volunteers, fuels the charity. Community Action Pioneer Valley works with several local service agencies to screen eligible families.

The “Break-athon” fundraiser has now raised approximately $92,800 throughout its 17 years. The total fundraiser is a three-fold effort, beginning with a “face painting” and 50/50 raffle booth at the Great Falls Festival in Turners Falls.

Then, students of the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center collected pledges and donations for their fundraiser, and held a “Break-athon” in November. Students solicited donations and pledges of 10 cents to a $1 for each board they broke. A single, flat rate donation was also accepted.

The students and instructors broke over 1,500 boards, using techniques learned in class.

Twins Nick and Zack Constantine, 10, said they took part in the fundraiser for the past three years. Their cousin, Jakub, 8, also participated this year. They each broke 110 boards during the November event.

“It’s fun because you come in and you’re doing it for a purpose,” Nick said. “We use what we’ve learned and it helps the community.”

Lumber for the break-a-thon is donated by Lamore Lumber of Deerfield, J & J Lumber of South Deerfield and Cowls Building Supply of North Amherst. The fundraising doesn’t stop when the boards are broken, either.

“People call us if they want some of it [the wood] and we put it in bags and sell it to people,” Zack said.

The Tae Kwon Do Center received a letter of recognition from Sen. Jo Comerford, D-Northampton, in December. Johnson said it was the first time he had received a letter of support from a local politician, acknowledging the center’s efforts.

“I am very impressed to read about your annual contributions to Warm The Children and I am grateful for your work,” Comerford wrote.

For more information on the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center and the break-athon, visit https://www.grnfldtkd.com/.

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-930-4579.


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