Decked out in helmets and protective padding, students at the Burbank Temple Emanu El Preschool pedaled with fury Wednesday, racing their tricycles to benefit children being treated at two local Providence medical centers.
"They need to learn to give as well as to receive," said school director Carol Miller. "We teach them that it is important to be part of the community and to help other people. And they are old enough to learn that."
Funds raised during the annual Mitzah Day Trike-a-thon event are donated to a different charity each year, Miller said. This year, the money went to the Jester and Pharley Phund, an organization that donates the popular children's book "The Jester Has Lost His Jingle" and accompanying jester doll to hospitalized children.
Books and dolls raised during the trike-a-thon were going to Providence St. Joseph's Roy and Patricia Disney Family Cancer Center in Burbank, and the pediatrics unit of Providence Tarzana Medical Center.