Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, PA — The sliming occurred as planned. Dr. Daniel Martino had promised his students that if they raised more than $6000 for charity, he would get slimed and he was good to his word.
"It made me feel good to slime my Principal! It was really funny. There was more slime than I thought!, said Sean Hermann age eleven."
Sean Herrmann with slimed Principal Dr. Dan Martino and the 5th-grade teachers at Cynwyd Elementary School
Principle Martino chose the $6000 mark as the goal because students last year raised that amount and he wanted to provide a rallying cry to beat that goal.
The Cynwyd students came together to raise money to honor Sean Hermann a Cynwyd 5th grader who's been diagnosed with a rare disease called Ataxia-Telangiectasia (A-T) that affects roughly 400 children across the United States.
Sean Herrmann with Cynwyd Elementary School Principal Dr. Dan Martino
The students more than met the challenge during their Team Sean Walkathon. A-T is a genetic neuromuscular disease that affects only 400 children in the United States. Students asked friends, family and neighbors to sponsor them for laps the walked around the Cynwyd gym.
Fifteen students raised more than $100 each. Some students emptied their piggy banks and sent in bags full of coins. And Sean's friend Rowan Muhly raised more than $740 by going door-to-door in his neighborhood and explaining that he wanted to help his friend.
Sean Herrmann "high fiving" his best friend, Rowan Muhly. Rowan was the highest fundraiser for the Team SeanWalkathon, raising $740.00 in support of his friend.
The students had raised $8,216.17 by the time of the sliming assembly was held.
Dr. Martino tried to bargain his way out of getting slimed. First, he tried scooter bowling, declaring that if he could knock down all the pins by rolling into them with his body on a scooter launched by PE teacher Mr. Yocum, he should not have to be slimed. But the students and Mr. Yocum didn't want to let him off the hook.
Principal Dr. Dan Martino and Physical Education teacher David Yocom rallying the students at the Cynwyd School Team Sean pep rally
Next, Dr. Martino said if anyone in the gym could make a half-court shot into the basketball hoop, he'd accept his sliming. One student missed. Then a teacher missed. But Mr. Yocum had a plan, inviting in Cynwyd alumnus and current Bala Cynwyd Middle School 8th grader Sam Brown to try the shot. He made it on the first try.
Sean Herrmann (the 5th-grade student who has A-T) got up out of his wheelchair to slime Dr. Martino with help from his 5th-grade teacher, Michael Tavani and another 5th-grade teacher, John Keeler, along with his aide, Dawn Willette. The second unexpected bucket of slime was poured by 5th-grade teachers Dr. Roe Fulmer and Shayna Ash.
Since the sliming event, additional monies have been raised and the latest tally is $8,404.17.
Donations can be still be made at www.atcp.org/TeamSean or checks can be sent to:
Team Sean c/o The A-T Children's Project
5300 W. Hillsboro Blvd, Suite 105
Coconut Creek, FL 33073