Glencoe Seventh Grade Twins Raise $3,500 for ADL
Carrying their anti-bullying message directly from the classroom into their community, seventh graders Ellie and Jonas Monieson last Saturday hosted a 5k from their Glencoe home to benefit the Anti-Defamation League. The event attracted more than 90 participants, and raised $3,500.
The twins hail from Central School, where they’ve been learning about bullying prevention in the classroom. The anti-bullying message was so impactful, that they wanted to do something to benefit an organization that raised awareness about bullying. After some research and parental contacts, they discovered the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).
“We thought a run/race would be a fun way to be active, enjoy the outdoors, and raise money with our family and friends,” says Ellie. She says the original idea for the 5k race came as the two discussed a “mitzvah” project to honor their upcoming b’nai mitzvah at Glencoe’s Am Shalom in November. “The reason that we selected ADL was because we’re learning a lot about bullying in school.”
“It was fun figuring out the race course,” Jonas adds, “and watching everyone enjoy our hard work.”
The twins also found a friend in The Grand Food Center, which supplied bananas for all the participants.
“Ellie and Jonas were very organized about their race day needs, and were staging the race for a very good cause,” says store co-owner Chris Barber. “We were glad to help them out.”
Donations were also provided by Einsteins of Glencoe, and Skinny Pop Popcorn.
The ADL, meanwhile, continues to boost its popular, anti-bullying message throughout area schools. This week, the organization unveiled its latest bullying-prevention program, “Becoming an Ally,” at Highland Park’s Edgebrook Middle School, and The British School in Chicago.
While the race was fun for the duo, they even had a bigger thrill in handing over a $3,500 check to ADL Regional Director of the Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest area, Lonnie Nasatir, who watched the entire race.
“We’re presenting this check to you in honor of ADL, who helps with things like stopping bullying,” the twins told Nasatir, as a crowd of participants eagerly looked on. “We should all be treated equally.”
“…And no matter your gender, race or religion, Nasatir added, with a huge smile.