Students, teachers and staff at Bristol Elementary worked together to make the holidays brighter for ADEC.

The school collected donations for ADEC in the weeks leading up to the holiday break. A cart full of nonperishable food items, clothing, exercise equipment, puzzles and musical instruments was donated. Classrooms also participated in a “penny war” competition, resulting in a $1,000 check being presented to ADEC on Wednesday afternoon.

ADEC’s Fred Klemm, Ashley Frayre (team manager at ADEC Day Service at Bristol),Erin Smoker, Kevin Seymour and Erin Tegelhoff pose for a picture with the principal of Bristol Elementary, Jill Balcom.

The school invited several ADEC clients to attend the special Rudolph Romp assembly, which was a reward to students for giving back to their community and working hard through the first half of the school year. In addition to presenting the donation to ADEC, gift cards were given away to Bristol staff and bikes were raffled off to the student fundraisers.

ADEC clients Fred Klemm, Erin Smoker, Kevin Seymour and Erwin Tegelhoff picked the winning names out of the bags. After the assembly in the gym, the students raced around the parking lot during the “Rudolph Romp.” Fred, Erin, Kevin and Erwin enjoyed cheering the students on as they crossed the finish line.

Erin Smoker smiles as students from Bristol Elementary prepare for their “Rudolph Romp” around the parking lot. The students raised money and collected items for ADEC this holiday season.

Bristol Elementary is a special place for ADEC clients, as they play basketball in the gym every Wednesday evening. While visiting the school for the Rudolph Romp, Fred and Erwin were proudly telling students that they would be back later that day for their Silver Bullets game. The clients also chatted with Bristol students about what they do at Day Service at Bristol, like painting and baking.

“That was awesome,” Kevin raved as he walked out of the school on Wednesday afternoon. “The kids were so happy to see us and that makes me feel really good. I even got some high fives from some of the kids.”

Thank you to Bristol Elementary for thinking of ADEC during the 2017 holiday season. Your generous donation will go a long way in helping ADEC provide more choices and greater possibilities to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the future.

ADEC client Kevin Seymour picks a name out of a bag for a bike raffle at Bristol Elementary. The school raised money and collected items for ADEC this holiday season and invited ADEC clients to attend the special celebration assembly.