2010-10-14 / News

Reid students walk for money

BY AMANDA BRANIECKI 810-452-2647 • ABRANIECKI@MIHOMEPAPER.COM

Photo by Amanda Braniecki Fourth-graders at Reid Elementary in Grand Blanc enjoy the beautiful weather during their annual Walk- A-Thon. Photo by Amanda Braniecki Fourth-graders at Reid Elementary in Grand Blanc enjoy the beautiful weather during their annual Walk- A-Thon. GRAND BLANC — Students at Reid Elementary had a nice break from school work to enjoy the outdoors during their 8th Annual Walk-A-Thon fundraiser on Friday.

“I look forward to all the excitement,” said Kellie Wilson, treasurer for the Parent Teacher Organization. “The kids really enjoy it and that is fun to see.”

The Walk-A-Thon is Reid’s only fundraiser for the year and their goal each year is to raise $15,000, Wilson said.

“Last year we raised $14,800 and that was awesome since it was so close to our goal,” Wilson said. “We expect this year to be the same.”

All the money raised by the students goes toward field trips, teacher funds, before and after school programs and anything else the school may need to purchase.

Prior to starting the Walk-A-Thon, Wilson said the PTO used to host a book sale to raise money for the school.

“The book sales just were not cutting it,” Wilson said. “So we came up with an idea that could get the kids involved in since the books sales was mainly up to the parents, and we came up with a Walk-A-Thon. It is just a good one-time event that covers everything.”

Aside from raising the funds needed, the Walk-A-Thon also promotes physical fitness.

“Each grade comes out to walk for 20 minutes around the track, so there is not a certain (distance) that they have to walk,” Wilson said. “Still though, Grand Blanc Schools are all about the Wellness Program and this fits with that idea.”

So far, Reid has collected about $12,000 and expect more money to come in the following weeks.

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