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Cynwyd's Freedom Tournament raises funds for CHOP
Cynwyd's Freedom Tournament raises funds for CHOP

Cynwyd Elementary School recently hosted the inaugural Freedom Tournament – a fun-filled and competitive school-wide dodgeball competition raising money for the Children's Fund at CHOP.

Bala Cynwyd Middle School's gymnasium played host for the evening as the bleachers were packed with members of the Cynwyd community who came out to support the event. Fourth and fifth grade students were divided into different color teams as they took the floor in an initial series of round robin-style matches before the top teams earned seeds to participate in the single-elimination tournament rounds. In the end, it was the blue and orange squads that outlasted their opponents and claimed victory. The students were not the only ones who had fun at this event, however, as the Cynwyd staff, decked out in tie dye décor, also took the court for some dodgeball action.

The Freedom Tournament was ultimately a huge success and would not have been possible without the support of Dr. Martino, Mr. Yocum, Mr. Bray, Bryan Johnson, Jennifer Hoffman, Lauren Fulmer, Corey Pontz, Jill Brandolph Shapiro, Sheena Shukla Hauser, Zara David, Shapley Gregg, the HSA and all of the Cynwyd staff, parents and students that helped support the event.

The Children's Fund at CHOP helps to close the gap between resources and breakthroughs. Gifts to the Children's Fund are unrestricted, meaning the funds are used where the need is greatest. It touches all areas of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and furthers the hospital's mission. Supporting the Children's Fund enables the critical work of saving children's lives. It also ensures that children have access to one of the nation's best children's hospitals. To learn more about the Children's Fund and ways you can help, click here.


LMSD's Strategic Plan, "All Forward," provides a framework for a collective, intentional and positive approach to change. Its five aspirational pathways guide us toward continual innovation and transformation to further educational excellence for every student. The food drive and fundraising for Lower Merion High School's Winterfest are student-driven examples of Strategic Pathway #5: A Spirit of Community. To learn more about #LMSDAllForward and the Strategic Pathways, click here.

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