SFCS students walked and ran laps for 50 minutes around yellow cones in the playing field at Catheys Valley Park as part of a Walk-a-thon, raising over $11,269 in support of SFCS students and programs.
December 4, 2017 - On Friday, October 27 Sierra Foothill Charter School students took part in a Walk-a-thon Fundraiser at Catheys Valley Park. They gathered per lap pledges and flat donations ahead of time. The day of, after stretching exercises, students walked - and frequently ran - laps around the perimeter of the fenced playing field area at the park. They did this for fifty continuous minutes. They stopped at water stations when they needed to, had scorecards on their backs marked by staff with every lap, and enjoyed orange slices and granola bars at the finish.
Students, including Gavin Edwards, Melody Neimier, Lily Edwards, and Ginger Jensen (pictured above), stopped for water breaks when they needed to as they walked and ran their laps.
All of the adults at the event were completely impressed with the number of laps students were able to complete. Once added up, the total for the entire student body was over 2,000 laps.
Students who completed the most laps in their age categories received $25 gift cards to their establishment of choice. Great job and congratulations to Eric Brown, Ty Harrison, and Johann Hill-Zuck.
(Pictured on the right): Eighth grader Johann Hill-Zuck ran the entire 50 minutes, racking in the most laps not only for his age group but for the entire school. He received a $25 gift card for his efforts as a top lap scorer.
Since that day, students have been collecting the amounts pledged to them.
On Friday, November 17, during morning announcements, Principal/Superintendent Mindy Bolar shared the donation results. So far, students have collected $11,269.01 of the monies pledged, with more money yet to come in. This is more than double the amount of the school's original $5,000 goal.
"Wow," said Bolar. "We are all so pleased with the students' efforts and with the community's support. It is fantastic."
Instructional Aide David Putonen (pictured) quickly marks the papers pinned to the backs of his assigned students each time they make their way around the track.
There were other winners announced during morning lineup on November 17.
Students who had at least three pledges or flat donations signed up and collected were entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card. Jaeyanna Bolar was the winner of this drawing.
Teena Starchman's third and fourth grade class was thrilled to learn they had raised the most money and earned a popcorn and movie party. Collectively, they raised $2,977.02."SFCS would like to thank everyone who pledged and donated to the event," said Bolar. "What a fabulous success!"
SFCS students (pictured), including Rhu Jones, Gabe Walters, and Westley Sheffield, enjoyed orange slices and water at the conclusion of the Walk-a-thon.
"I would also like to thank all the volunteers and staff who set up the cones, tied balloons, served water, cut up oranges, gave out granola bars, and performed all the other tasks involved in making the event run smoothly and pleasantly for students," said Bolar. "One parent acted as DJ, keeping students motivated with great music. And other parents and community members donated the oranges and granola bars. It was certainly a group effort, and everyone's contributions were much appreciated."
SFCS plans to repeat this event again next year.
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