|Students, staff and inspiration Gladys Swensrud celebrate.|
The students are raising the money in the name of Gladys Swensrud, a retired staff member and longtime neighborhood resident who has MD.
"I stand in awe and am extremely grateful for the continued generosity and enthusiast support Challenger’s student body and staff have demonstrated for MDA through their Shamrock contributions,” said Swensrud.
The school creates competition between classrooms for the coveted green and gold shamrocks, which are placed in the class windows.
"Competition can become quite fierce between advisory classrooms as each class strives to have the best display of colorful shamrocks appearing in their classroom windows," said Principal Sheelagh Moran.
The fundraising effort also has educational value, she said.
"Students also learn about the organization and are inspired to help others in need," she said.
Challenger was the first middle school in the county to participate in the Shamrock Drive.
"MDA has been able to use Challenger Middle School as a successful example to inspire more San Diego area schools to join the Shamrock Drive," she said.