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Flying Dragon Taekwon-Do, LTD
Community Service

All students of Flying Dragon TaeKwon-Do, FDTKD, are required to participate in both school related and individual community service projects prior to testing for their black belt. Our school conducts various local demonstrations throughout the year with the focus being on community pride and leadership. In the past students have performed at the annual 4th of July Celebrations as well as for local school groups.

Kick-A-Thon

The main community service project that FDTKD students participate in is the annual Kick-a-Thon which has benefited the Sunshine Foundation, We Care Chapter and the National MS Society, Delaware Chapter, the Smyrna Library, the SPCA, the American Red Cross and the Smyrna/Clayton Fire Departments.

In 1997, fifteen students participated in the 1st Annual Kick-a-Thon to benefit the Sunshine Foundation. Each student successfully completed 1,001 kicks in a two hour time period and raised $1500. The following year 25 students participated and completed 1,101 kicks in less than two hours raising $2500. The proceeds from both years went to the We Care Chapter, Project Dream Lift. Project Dream Lift takes chronically and terminally ill children for a one day trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL. The children are flown down in the morning in a US Air Force aircraft, spend the day in the magic kingdom, and come home that same evening. Next year we are hoping to again break last years total in both kicks and pledges.

In 2000 students from FDTKD completed 2,001 kicks in 2 hours and raised $3500 for the MS Society of DE!!

Each year since we have continued the tradition of setting our kick goal equal to the year.  During the last two years, FDTKD has teamed up with Steele's Karate of Townsend to boost the funds raised and promote friendship within the martial arts community.

Toys for Tots Program

The Marine's Toys for Tots program is FDTKD's second major community effort. At Christmas time each student is asked (okay they're informed) to purchase a $5 toy to be donated to the program. In leiu of all the other charities that students participate in at Christmas, the staff at FDTKD deducts $5 from each student's membership dues for the month of January to compensate them. This project is done in part with Monster Racing in Dover, Delaware. The staff of Monster Racing provide a drop off site prior to Christmas and they then deliver the toys to the US Marine Corps. Each year with our continued growth we hope to do more to help with this project.

Demonstrations & Self-Defense Seminars
 
Students of FDTKD are encouraged to participate in local demonstrations to promote TKD and showcase the skills they have learned in class.
 
In addition, staff and students of FDTKD provide basic self-defense and women's self-defense seminars for the community and local groups.


In addition to the school activities students are encouraged to help out with other community projects on their own time. Prior to their black belt test each student must have 20 hours of community service logged in and a summary of what they performed and what benefits they received from it.