Hula-Hoop-A-Looza shakes up some fun
STRASBURG – Sandy Hook Elementary School was full of energy Friday morning as kids received hula hoops from Ferguson Enterprises for a Hula-Hoop-A-Looza.
Principal Robin Shrum said around 900 kids and 150 adults spread out on the school’s front lawn testing out their new hula hoops.
“It’s kinda fun,” she said as the kids erupted into organized chaos. School staff wore purple T-shirts advertising the event and some students grade-specific T-shirts.
She said she had received an email from Ferguson, a plumbing supply manufacturer in Winchester, about the school being chosen as this year’s community outreach.
As the truck carrying the hula hoops arrived at the school, the kids jumped and cheered as the truck horn went off.
Paul DeJong, operations manager at the Front Royal distribution center for Ferguson, said this is their 5th annual community event for the company.
He said they had a lot of unusable pex pipe and decided to create hula hoops for the kids and then created a two-hour event at the school as part of the Ferguson Fitness concept. A deejay played music while the kids tried out their new hula hoops and enjoyed healthy snacks, which included apple slices and bottled water. The students also got to take their new hula hoops home.
“For us it’s a great opportunity to put in a little bit of time and has a huge impact on a group of children like this with very little effort on our part, and we are then able to make this very fun event and serve the community as people should,” he said.
For the students, it was a chance to spend time outside of the classroom.
Eric Miller, 7, of Toms Brook, is blind, but with the help of the school’s technology teacher, Heather Ashley, he was able to hula hoop with the rest of the school.
Hayden Bennett, 6, of Strasburg, said he was having a lot of fun at Friday’s event and was “going to do the hula hoop at home.”
Connor Tierpack, 6, of Toms Brook, even planned to hula hoop to some music once he got home.
“I’m going to put it on really loud,” he said.
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