Swim Teams Raise Money for Local VA

The boys’ and girls’ swim teams participated in the program’s first-ever “Swim-A-Thon” on Friday, January 11, raising over $3,800 for the local VA in Lyons, New Jersey.
The captains of the swim teams, Christian Ernst ’19, Preston Reep ’19, Rob Brandl ’20, Adrian Massuet ’20, Kelsey Breuer ’20, Caroline Grant ’20, and Rebecca Michaels ’20 came together in late-autumn to determine which organization would be the recipient of the fundraiser.
“The VA is doing incredible work in our community, and we wanted to come together as a team and give back to the veterans who have given so much for our country,” said Brandl.
Each member of the swim team reached out to potential sponsors to help with the fundraising initiative. Every sponsor pledged to donate a certain amount of money for every lap completed by that swimmer.
In addition to the fundraising, the night consisted of music, team-bonding, snacks, and specific swim sets of 10 laps at a time. The swimmers’ exercises ranged from doing underwaters, to freestyle, to sprints.
“I could not be happier with the outcome of the swim-a-thon,” said head coach Nolan Silbernagel. “The generosity from the families, friends, and all other sponsors was really inspiring to see. I am very proud of the captains for picking a great organization to donate to and I am happy with all of the kids for doing such a great job contributing to this cause.”
All of the money raised from the event will go to the VA’s Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences Recreational Program, Nursing Home Care Unit Recreation, and their Holiday Gift fund.
“It was a great night of team-building,” said Silbernagel. “We even had some amazing kids from the middle school team contribute as well. It was a different night that kind of breaks up the monotony of constantly swimming laps, but everyone still got a great workout in and raised money for an incredible cause, so it was a win-win initiative.”
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a rigorous, meaningful, and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.