AMIkids Donaldsonville places first at National 2011 Winter Challenge

Allison B. Hudson

Ten AMIkids Donaldsonville students from Ascension, Assumption and St. James parishes earned their way to the AMIkids 2011 Winter Challenge Event (an Olympic Style event) held in High Springs, Florida January 24-28, 2011.  Male and female students from AMIkids Programs located in eight states (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia) participated in the 50 yd dash, 100yd dash, 200 yd run, 4x440 relay, 6 x600 relay, one mile run, tug o war, obstacle course, standing broad jump and volleyball.  The students also competed in a First Aid Relay, Marlinspike Relay, Science Fair contest, Speech contest, a Group Challenge and an Academic Quiz Bowl.

AMIkids Donaldsonville Winter Challenge Team was awarded the first place trophy for Non-Residential Programs known as the Bob Rosof Team Excellence Trophy.  This trophy is given to the team that demonstrates a positive behavior throughout the entire week and has spirit and supervision.  The team that is the most prepared has competed in all events and has received the most medals.  Mr. Bob Rosof is one of the founding fathers of AMIkids, Inc.

AMIkids Donaldsonville’s staff also received coveted awards.  Adonis Reed, Physical Education Instructor, was awarded an Outstanding Coach’s Award and Michelle Foster, Business Manager, was awarded an Outstanding Staff award for their hard work during this 2011 Olympic style challenge. 

“I cannot say it enough… This is what the staff at AMIkids Donaldsonville does everyday blending education with sports, culture, life skills and experiential education, creating a balance with the body, will and mind of our students showing them that there is a better way” said Sheriff Waguespack, Board Chairman. “We are definitely separating a troubled past…from a bright future.”

For more information about AMIkids Donaldsonville fka Donaldsonville Louisiana Marine Institute, to schedule a tour of our facility and/or donate to the program, please contact Tamiko Garrison, Executive Director at 225-474-8820.