By: Jackie Lallo 


Inspired, happy children leapt onto their school track at Hillcrest Elementary.  As they laughed and raced each other, their motivation was more than just beating their classmates to the finish line.


After listening to an educational presentation from the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, students of Debbie Schwertner’s second grade class decided they wanted to do something to help. Coming up with the idea all on their own, they kicked their event into high gear.


The whole school got involved. Kindergarten to third grade, teachers sent home a packet with all the information needed to donate with the children. They asked friends and family to donate, and after three weeks they reached a total of over seven-thousand dollars. 


“We thought it would be fun for other people to do and we really wanted to help,” Alexis Zapisek, a student of Schwertner’s.  She explained that after seeing a play called, “Snow White and the Diabetes Bag,” and learning that a few classmates have diabetes, she and her classmates really wanted to help.


Emma Grushell and Gabrielle Aquino excitedly described the people bringing in donations, “A lot of people came in with donations, they kept coming and going, coming and going, they did that a lot.”


As they held hands and danced around Slider from the Cleveland Indians, students walked around the track for three hours in support of those affected by diabetes. While wearing their “Revere Walks for Diabetes” shirts, they were an inspiring view to witness.


Zippy from the University of Akron also made an appearance to show their support for the students and the effort they put into their walk.


 “The leadership was all done by the students,” Principal Katie Kowza said, “we are so proud of them for raising over seven-thousand dollars.”