Virtual Run

Making a difference in someone else’s life


Jennifer Pereyra, Reporter

On your marks, get set, go! Making a Difference One Step at a Time is hosting a virtual run on November 14th, an all day event to raise money for Dance Ability, an organization that allows people with different abilities to learn how to dance. 

Sriya Pokala and Kinley Schade, both sophomores at Rock Bridge High School, originally started a club at their school called Cougars United. Their club combined high schoolers with elementary students, both with and without special needs, to provide a more inclusive environment at the elementary school level. As their club grew, they felt like they wanted to do more. So they decided to create a website called Making a Difference One Step at a Time.

 “We want to make sure these organizations have all the funding they may need to provide the best experience possible, many sports and activities aren’t adapted in a way that allows some people to fully partake in them, but the organizations we support provide ways to do so.” Pokala said.

The organization they’re supporting with the virtual run- Dance Ability- provides classes with a safe and supportive environment where students can grow and develop their skills. The program was designed by physical therapists and MCB instructors to meet the dancers unique needs and abilities. At the end of each semester, students get to present a showcase to share with friends and family what they have learned.

 “We love watching our dancers find so much joy in movement, it’s amazing to see all the skills they build and we enjoy seeing them grow.” Alice Wells, a dance instructor, said. 

Making a Difference One Step at a Time has recently started to expand into different states, such as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Florida, and Illinois. 

“I signed up for the virtual run because recently I have been trying to donate to organizations that help people and the environment more. Instead of using my money on myself, I’m giving it to other people that need help.” Opal Weber, a Hickman sophomore said. 

The virtual run is for everyone to join to help support those organizations that make a difference in people’s lives. For more information visit their Instagram page, @differenceonestepatatime, click on the link in their bio to sign up. Forms will still be open even after the run, so far they’ve raised $1,200 and are hoping to raise more.