Endeavour walkathon raises nearly $19,000
May 26, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
Endeavour Elementary School families took a walk on the wild side at this year’s school walkathon May 15.
The event raised about $19,000 for the school’s PTSA, but was more than a fundraiser, students and parents said.
“It is important to turn out for it, because it shows how much the kids appreciate each other and how much the kids appreciate everything in the school,” said Kayleigh Ramos, a third-grader who walked 12 laps. “I got to see friends in other classes and talk to them,” said Brian Crow, a third-grader, who also walked 12 laps. “Like my friend’s brother, who is in kindergarten. He is my friend, too, but I haven’t seen him in a while and I got to talk to him.”
“There are few events that target all of our students, their families and the community, but this does,” said organizer Claire Commons. “Even our families that don’t speak English came. You could see their mothers pushing strollers with their kids and walking.”
The week leading up to the walk was also filled with fun activities, like wild hat day, wild hair day, wild clothing day and wild stuffed animal day.
On the day of the event, more than 550 students walked. There are about 670 students enrolled at the school.
Students could walk up to 20 laps around the school and for every lap, they received a punch in a necklace. After gathering several punches, students could earn another prize. Prizes included, stuffed monkeys toys, banana candy, Frisbees, pencils and animal crackers. Students also earned raffle tickets at the event.
“This year, we wanted to keep it simple with the economy,” said organizer Jennifer Brewer. “So, we asked for donated items and the kids were just as excited.”
The proceeds from the event go to the school’s PTSA, which helps pay for additional programs that touch every student at Endeavour, said Becky Lawrence, school PTSA president.
For instance, money from the event will help pay for Kate Poaster, a science expert, to come help classes run additional science experiments, Lawrence said. It also pays for the school’s reading and math incentive programs, and scholarships for students in need to go on field trips or participate in other afterschool activities.
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