Eastport Elementary Students Meet the Energizer Bunny
The visit honored Rob Levit, a top 10 finalist in the 2011 Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame.
Much like the Energizer Bunny, Rob Levit’s energy for giving back to the community "keeps going and going...and going."
And on Tuesday, third and fourth graders from Eastport Elementary School got to recognize him and his never-ending energy with a visit from the Energizer bunny himself.
The bunny’s visit was part of a ceremony to honor Rob Levit, an artist, musician and philanthropist who has made a difference in and around Annapolis through his talent, his passion for giving back to others and his nonprofit organization, Creating Communities.
Levit was selected as a top 10 finalist from a list of nominees from across the nation in the 2011 Energizer Keep Going Hall of Fame.
“Mr. Rob, you do great things here in Eastport and other schools through Creating Communities and organizations in the area," said Marisa Giller, a spokeswoman for Energizer, who flew all the way from St. Louis, MO for the occasion. "You have unstoppable spirit, you’re always trying to make a positive impact and as Energizer says, ‘now that’s positivenergy.’”
Levit was nominated by Angela Murray, development director for the Hope House Treatment Center in Crownsville, who was there for Tuesday’s event. Murray said Levit works with adults at the center through a program called “Arts in Recovery.”
Murray said when she heard about the contest, Levit immediately came to her mind.
As part of the event, Levit was awarded a check for $1,000 to go toward the charity of his choice.
Kids from all over the county who have attended his Arts Mentorship Academy, played drums for the elementary students—performing an assortment of West African songs.
Then the third and fourth graders had their chance to perform, too, rapping a song about “Chadwick the Chesapeake Crab.”
For many kids, the most exciting part of the ceremony was meeting the Energizer Bunny.
“I like his glasses,” said Abraham Jolon, 9.
For others, it was a chance to recognize someone that has made an impact on their education.
Jordan Ulmer, 12 of Odenton, said he enjoyed playing drums for “the little kids.” When asked what he liked most about Levit he said “that’s he’s very active and he’s very energetic and fun.”
Taylor Hyland, 10 and a 4th grader at Eastport Elementary, said she liked that "we learned lots of different things [with Levit.]”
Principal Lynne Evans said Levit has been working with kids at Easport Elementary for a number of years. He currently works with 3rd and 4th graders as an artist-in-residence, she said.
“There isn’t anything he can’t teach a child,” said Evans, adding that he brings an incredible amount of energy to all that he does. “I felt very privileged that he asked to do [the ceremony] here."
"I wanted to do something to thank the kids," said Levit of his choice to have the ceremony there.
The winner of the contest will receive a $10,000 cash prize and an additional $5,000 to go toward the charity of their choice. You can cast your vote for Levit, or "Mr. Rob" as the kids affectionately call him, from now through May 13 by clicking here. With each vote, $1 is donated to the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation.