Amy Rigby, Walk-a-Thon coordinator, said in an e-mail that students are taught fitness basics in P.E. and they put that in action the day of the walk.
“We hope to give them life skills and teach them to take care their hearts and bodies along with raising money,” she said.
Each year, they have a slogan contest and Mrs. Stubbs’ fifth grade class won with the slogan “Run Like a Mustang,” which combined fitness and the school mascot.
Students walked laps in front of the school, with each class walking and running an approximately 300-meter loop for 20 minutes during the school day. The students got sponsors (grandparents, parents, friends, neighbors, siblings, etc.) who pledged a certain amount of money per lap the students ran. Most teachers walked with their students and many parents joined in as well, Rigby said.
The top walkers were fifth grader Kessler Jones and fourth graders Stockton Rigby and Austin Smith with 24 laps each, third grader Candace Sanders with 21 laps, second graders Paul Jarvis and Madsen Rigby with 18 laps, first graders Tre Richardson and Brooklin Whicker and kindergarteners Andrea Forsyth and Easton Schank with 15 laps each.
Rigby said as of Monday, the pledges had not yet been collected, but they were optimistic. Whatever the financial outcome is, it is always successful because everyone participates. This is the school’s fourth year doing the activity and it is always great.
The community support is overwhelming, as more than 50 corporate sponsors donated cash and prizes. Everyone who collected pledges has their name entered into the prize drawing, which takes place at an assembly Oct. 2.
The top three pledge winners also receive fun fitness prizes the day of the assembly and the three classes that collected the most money get pizza parties, thanks to the sponsors, Rigby said.
The event runs smoothly because of the wonderful committee. There are many who help, but some of those who make it possible are Jen Newman, Jen Watson, Danna Webster, Jen Macinnis, Kelly Springer, Kim Jacobs, Sara Lamb, Laurel Zortman, and the PTA presidency, Suzy, Leigh Ann, Kristen, and Jillynne.
The teachers and staff are always helpful and supportive and principal Ray Wittier is not only the DJ and MC but also gets out and walks with the kids.