Quail Summit Elementary teachers, staff members, parents, and students recently got their groove on during the 2nd annual Zumba for a Cure.
The high-energy dance fundraiser on Monday promoted awareness of and supported finding a cure for breast cancer.
Many of the dancers wore pink hair ribbons and sports gear for the all-out, non-stop, fitness fundraising dance party held from 3:30 – 4:30 on the blacktop behind the school.
“Zumba for the Cure – just do it!” shouted second grade teacher Erin Ruhl while grooving to the beat.
Donations of $10 supported the Susan G. Komen “Fight Like a Girl” breast cancer awareness campaign. The school also took orders for t-shirts through an event Facebook page.
Warehouse Fitness Instructor Fay Murphy skillfully led the group through the fast-paced dances. And if they didn’t know the moves, that was OK. It wasn’t a competition.
“Zumba is really about having fun,” said Anna Chung, kindergarten teacher and event coordinator.
“And as you can see we have people of all abilities here,” she added.
“Be brave - it’s for a good cause!” said Noon Aide Amy Guerrero about the challenging and fun dance moves.
Food Services Worker Hilda Medina came out to the try dance craze for the very first time.
“I’m not a Zumba girl, I’m just here to support the breast cancer fundraiser,” she said during a quick water break.
“Lots of parents and staff, and a few our friends from the Cardio House in Chino Hills came out to support us today,” said Chung.
Every dollar raised is so important for this cause because the school has parents and staff members that been touched by breast cancer, Chung said.
We’re doing today’s fundraiser in honor of Quail Summit teacher and survivor Lori Aicard. It’s a tribute for her victory - she’s a teacher, a survivor, and an inspiration,” Chung said.
--Walnut Unified School District