Michael and the Dragon Boat

This year I have the opportunity to be a part of something pretty cool…and very different than anything I’ve ever really done before.  A colleague here at school brought this experience to the staff and shared that we could put together a school team.  So I’m proud to say that I am one of many members of the RES-Q Dragon Boat Team!?!?!?!  This is for an amazing cause and we’re very excited to have this opportunity…and a little worried about what our dancing will look like, our chant, the costumes and the sheer act of paddling something called a Dragon Boat but why sweat the small stuff, right?

The Festival benefits our whole community with a day of paddling and entertainment. In addition, the Festival raises funds for two local cancer-related nonprofit organizations, Dragonheart Vermont and Survivorship NOW. Dragonheart Vermont is a breast cancer survivor and supporter organization and Survivorship NOW is Dragonheart’s Initiative to help bridge the gap in support for cancer survivors between treatment and recovery. Survivorship NOW is coordinating a Network On Wellness to serve our community with programs that guide, equip, and empower cancer survivors to live life well. The vision is one day to create a Vermont Cancer Wellness Center in collaboration with other local institutions to create opportunities for therapeutic treatments, strengthening programs, education, and support. 
If you want to make the donation securely online. Please log onto the festival website (www.ridethedragon.org) and click on the Donations tab. When you fill in the form, please be sure to note that this donation is in support of Michael Berry, so my team and I get credit for your donation. If you prefer to donate by mail, you can download a mail-in form from the same web page (http://ridethedragon.org/donations/make-a-donation-form.aspx).
I’m sincerely excited to be a part of this effort, even more proud to be a part of this as a staff team.  Participating as a staff in things like this will continue our efforts to build strong bonds and a sense of community…and it’s just cool to say we paddled a Dragon Boat!



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