By Lori Ruhlman
One recent sunny day, Skaneateles High School students took a long break from classes over an extended lunch period to eat outside, play games, listen to student bands and raise money for a good cause.
The "Just Move it" day was created by the PRIDE Committee of students, administrators and staff to promote fitness and fun for the entire high school while raising money for Vincent House in Syracuse.
In the end, nearly $800 was given to Vincent House for the purchase of sports equipment so that kids in that neighborhood can also get outside to "just move it" in the nice weather.
Funds were raised, in part, with a registration fee for a dodge ball tournament that pitted the top student team against a teacher team. (A tug of war tournament also raised money). Just for fun, there was basketball, four square, chalk art and a water balloon toss.
For a segment called "My School," Channel 3 News attended the event. The piece, written and reported by students, aired June 1 and can be viewed at
The PRIDE committee is made up of staff and students who work together to create building-wide character programs/initiatives which focus on developing personal responsibility and school unity. It stands for Personal Responsibility in Developing Excellence