Local kids take to the street for good cause

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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With flags waving and noisemakers blaring, children at Kids Kount preschool in Folsom put tiny feet to pavement to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation last Wednesday. About 30 preschool and kindergarten students participated in the “mini-march,” according to Rachael Kulling, the school director. “Every year we do this little drive for cystic fibrosis,” Kulling said. “We get a check from the parents that we forward to the foundation.” Preschool teacher Carol Peterson rounded up the children as they readied for their march around the building. “Everybody line up,” she shouted. “Over here.” The children walked, sang songs, played instruments and waved flags. Cendrinne DeMattei, with Stretch-n-Grow, was on hand to help get the kids organized. “This is so wonderful,” she said. “We come out once a week and we conduct fitness and nutrition exercises with the kids. I’m just glad I happened to be out here today.” Elyse Dietrich, of Gold River, has a son who attends the school, which is located at the Gathering Place on Plaza Drive. “This is my third year doing this,” she said. “My son, Kellon, is 4 and is trying to get his $35 so he gets a t-shirt. This is a fabulous thing because they are not only getting out and being active, they are also raising money for a good cause.” Kulling said the event, which doesn’t raise a mountain of money, teaches valuable lessons to the children. “Every little bit helps,” Kulling said. “We usually send around $400.” Dietrich agreed that the march helps instill strong values regarding charity and giving. “All kids need to get their energy out,” Dietrich said. “And, what a great way to get them doing it and raising money. I’m thrilled our school does this.”