Students at Clermont Northeastern Elementary School got bundled up on a blustery Friday, and walked laps around the district’s track to support their school during the annual walk-a-thon held Sept. 30.
“I love that all the hard work goes right back to the students,” Meg Porter, a third grade teacher who helped organize the event, said. “It is so heartwarming to see the students working so hard.”
Students in all grades at the elementary school began raising money about a month ago and had until Oct. 3 to turn their money in.
Porter said many of them went to family members, friends and neighbors to collect donations, all of which go right back to the school.
“It is so important with the state making so many changes,” Porter said. “Fundraisers are critical.”
And while not all the elementary school students were aware how important their efforts were, they still enjoyed the process and the prizes that go along with fund-raisers.
“My favorite part is we get to be with each other,” Angel Haynes, a third grader, said during the walk-a-thon.
Getting out of class and being able to socialize with friends was a benefit of the walk-a-thon. Haynes also said she thinks it is important to raise money for the school.
Elementary school students from every grade participated in the walk-a-thon and walked for about 30 to 45 minutes around the track.
Volunteers helped them keep count of the laps they completed and they were rewarded with refreshments when they were done.
Students were also able to earn prizes for raising money, and Porter said some of the bigger prizes included an electric scooter, gift certificates, lunch with the principal and the opportunity to throw a pie in the face of Val Davis, assistant principal.
The final amount raised by students this year was just below $14,000, the largest amount the school has ever raised from the walk-a-thon.
“This year the money is going toward student technology,” Porter said. “Software, smart boards and student incentive prizes.”
Superintendent Neil Leist, who attended the walk-a-thon, said it is one of the biggest fund-raisers of the year, and the money is really important for the district.
“This is great,” Superintendent Leist said as he walked with students. “We really appreciate the teacher support, volunteer support and parent support.”