CMS to Participate in Diabetes Awareness Events

As part of its ongoing work to support its new vision statement and inspired by several CMS students who live with diabetes, Colchester Middle School will orchestrate a school-wide JDRF event.

Formerly known as “Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation,” the organization has recently rebranded to simply “JDRF” in order to be more inclusive (you can read more about that here).

JDRF guest speaker Martha Bloom will address the students, after which students will engage in a number of discussions and other educational activities relating to diabetes.

As we’ve discussed before, the acronym “TRRFCC” (pronounced “terrific”) in CMS’s new vision statement stands for trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship; the focus upon these six specific components of character comes directly from the work of the Character Education Partnership (CEP).

The upcoming JDRF event also ties in with the school district’s wellness initiatives, as is affirmed in the Colchester School District Vision and Strategic Plan 2012–2017.

“CMS students are learning to connect what they learn to a greater good and wider circle,” said Assistant Principal Dovid Yagoda. “The students here are caring and are excited to contribute to great causes. They need a true middle school experience to do that. This means seeing lots of different interesting things, learning about how to contribute to their community and society, and having a chance to do both of these things in a safe and constructive environment.”

The activities will tie into CMS’s vision statement and classroom work, and a follow-up, school-wide celebration walk is scheduled for a later time; JDRF guest speaker Martha Bloom will return and award motivational prizes and materials to students.

Activities supporting JDRF are not new to Colchester School District. In 2011, Malletts Bay School fifth graders raised over $1,000 for the annual JDRF Walk-a-Thon.

Nearly twenty-six million (that’s 26,000,000) Americans live with diabetes, and a new case is diagnosed in this country every thirty seconds. It is one of the costliest chronic diseases facing our population today. For more information about it, please click here.

And for more information about these JDRF events, please call CMS at (802) 264-5800, or e-mail Assistant Principal Dovid Yagoda (

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