Team ELF: A True Story of Dedication and Determination
In 1997, a group of Mount Laurel Staff Members and some family members formed a team. Their goal was to complete the MS 150 City to Shore Bike Tour, riding from Woodcrest Station to Ocean City over the course of two days. They did it. And they've done it every year since. Several of the original 14 members are still riding annually in the battle to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and the number has expanded to 19 riders. The team's name has special significance. Eileen L. Flynn was a beloved curriculum supervisor in the Mount Laurel Schools from 1973 to 2005. Stricken with MS, she could be found driving her bright red motorized scooter through the halls at Hartford School spreading cheer on a daily basis. Team ELF rides in her honor. It's the same scooter she used this month to greet Team ELF as it crossed the finish line in Ocean City, having raised more than $22,000 towards the battle for a cure.
At left, Hartford Teacher and Team ELF Member Mr. Paul Devery and his son Ryan are ready to ride in the MS 150 City to Shore recently. At right, Team Determination students celebrate their donation to the cause. They raised $551 through pretzel sales.
Mrs. Flynn had a special message for members of Team Determination.