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Kicks for a cause: Students at Snoqualmie's DMW Martial Arts get physical in character-building food drive

December 30, 2013 · 12:15 PM

Students at Snoqualmie’s DMW Martial Arts show their physique during the week of Kickathon, held in November. Students are challenged to build their character by working hard and helping local food banks. Below left, students line up on the first day of the even / Courtesy photo

Every November, DMW Martial Arts school in Snoqualmie holds its Kickathon fundraiser to help those in need.

Chief instructor Dan Cartan said that last month, as part of their character education, DMW students worked hard and blew through a goal of 750,000 kicks. As a school, they performed a total of 895,600 kicks for the week and raised more than $5,000 for local food banks.

November  was Gratitude Month as part of DMW’s character development program. Students were studying, developing and experiencing powerful life lessons .

“As it turns out; it feels good to give,” stated Cartan. “Studies have shown that the same brain region that is activated when people win money is activated when they give to charity. A cyclical effect begins; pro social giving makes us feel good, so we give more, and so on. Starting this cycle early is key.”

“As it turns out; it feels good to give,” stated Cartan.

DMW Martial Arts is located at 7712 Center Blvd. S.E., on Snoqualmie Ridge.

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