Breakathon brings in $3,000 for Warm the Children

  • Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center students raised more than $3,000 as part of their annual Breakathon fundraiser Nov. 23. The 17th annual event for the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center saw two dozen students breaking boards in their studio, and outside in the parking lot of Bicycle World on Federal Street. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 12/3/2019 5:03:19 PM

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center students raised more than $3,000 as part of their annual Breakathon fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 23.

The 17th annual event for the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center saw two dozen students breaking boards in their studio, and outside in the parking lot of Bicycle World on Federal St.

“We had a fair number of spectators and it took over three hours,” said Head Instructor David Johnson.

Each year, the Tae Kwon Do Center raises thousands of dollars for Warm The Children, a program that provides clothing for youngsters in need ahead of the winter months.

“It’s all about taking care of the community,” Johnson said ahead of the Nov. 23 fundraiser.

Students solicited donations and pledges of 10 cents to a $1 for each board they break. A single, flat-rate donation was also accepted. The students had a lot of flat-rate donations that were tallied the day of the Breakathon. This year’s event had raised a little over $2000 in flat rate donations alone, Johnson said.

The studio collected per board pledges throughout the week following the Nov. 23 event. The students spent the following week collecting the remaining donations. While the final donations are still coming in, Johnson said they had raised over $3,000 as of Dec. 3.

To date, the Greenfield Tae Kwon Do Center has now raised more than $87,500 for Warm the Children throughout the first 17 Breakathons.

Greenfield Community College demonstration

Students from the center will performing a demonstration at Greenfield Community College today, Dec. 4. at noon. The center partners with the school to offer Tae Kwon Do classes for college credit.

“It will give students an idea of what class is like beforehand” Johnson said, “This is the first time we’re doing a demo for the students.”

Zack DeLuca can be reached at zdeluca@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 264.




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