The students at the Clough Pike Elementary School raised more than $25,000 at their annual walk-a-thon May 16.
“We exceeded our goal,” said PTO walk event coordinator Michelle Delaney. “With the walk and the carnival, this is always the favorite day of the year for our students.”
For the last six years, the school has held the walk-a-thon fund-raiser to raise money for educational materials, such as books, visual aides, etc. This year, the money will be used to buy what are known as smart boards, electronic versions of those dry eraser marker boards, which average about $3,000 apiece.
Twenty-nine sponsors participated this year, all local businesses which pledged prizes for the students who participated; milestone awards were given out at the end of the day for those students who raised the most money.
"It is overwhelming to think that you can raise that much money in six years," said Clough Pike principal Patrick Crahan. "It show the support that the community has for this school."
Crahan said that it also indicates that the parents have trust that the money is being put to good use towards the education that the school provides.
"It says more about the parents and the community more than anything else," the principal said. "I am proud to be a part of it."
Some of the milestone prizes offered to the students were iPods, gift certificates, pizza and ice cream parties with the principal, family passes to Great Wolf lodge, and perhaps most coveted, extra recess time.