Breaking Boards for the PTOs and PTAs

This year’s championship team was Austin Road Elementary. Credits: Carole Consigliere
A group shot of all the kids who took part in the annual Board Breaking Championship Credits: Carole Consigliere
Wayne DeRosa of Chung Ma’s Taekwondo in Mahopac holds a board as a contestant gets ready to break it. Credits: Carole Consigliere
Andrew Stark of the Fulmar Road team breaks a board. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Grace Spaeth
Charlie Woolley of Lakeview takes his turn. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Grace Spaeth
Madison Goodrow of Austin Road Elementary puts all her energy into her kick. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Grace Spaeth
Rachel Ronca of Lakeview breaks her board as more competitors line up behind her. Credits: Photo Courtesy of Grace Spaeth
Robert Dusovic in action Credits: Photo Courtesy of Grace Spaeth

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— The sixth annual Board Breaking Championship fundraiser, sponsored by Chung Ma’s Taekwondo in Mahopac, was held Friday, Jan. 20, at Putnam Valley Elementary and featured students from Lakeview, Austin Road and Fulmar Road elementary schools (as well as Putnam Valley). The kids battled it out while raising money for their schools’ PTOs and PTAs.

All Chung Ma’s students, grades K-8 under black belt, were invited to participate in the event. Participants were divided up into four district teams. Students from surrounding schools were placed where needed to even out the teams.  Each team had to break as many boards as it could.

Trophies were handed out for first, second and third place. 

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