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Walk-a-Thon raises more than $13,000!

MEYERSDALE - Meyersdale Area Elementary students have “raced” towards a most impressive total for their first annual MAES Educational Boosters Walk-A-Thon. Students, with the help of their friends, family and community, raised more than $13,000!

According to Rene Hay, Booster treasurer, organizers had hoped to raise approximately $5,000 and were flabbergasted to learn that goal was not only met, but exceeded by more than $8,000.

“The Walk-A-Thon replaced our Cherrydale fundraiser and proved to be much more successful,” Hay explained. “With our previous fundraiser, we had less than 50% participation, but with our walk, 63% of our students turned in pledges.”

The first annual Walk-a-Thon Fundraiser was held October 3 at the Meyersdale High School Track. Students in grades K through 5 sought pledges and accepted donations.  Students in kindergarten and first grade had 30 minutes to walk as many half-laps as they could. Older students had one hour to complete as many full laps as they were capable.

“The event went really well. The weather was perfect and the kids were excited,” explained Devin Pritts, MAES Principal. “It was great to see how proud the kids were of themselves. They are still talking about how many laps they completed.”

“Students really pushed themselves at the walkathon, everyone who was in school that day participated,” Hay added.

The top earners in each grade were treated to lunch with Mr. Pritts at Albright’s pizza on October 18. Because students not only met, but beat, the goal, a special reward has been planned. The Educational Boosters will provide each child with an ice cream treat during lunch on October 25. Following lunch, students will enjoy an afternoon movie, complete with popcorn. All students will have the opportunity to vote on which movie they will watch. “The BEST part was that students are still  talking about it weeks later, telling teachers how many laps they've walked,” added Hay. “They each feel like they've helped their school because every child participated in the walk/ run.”

Money raised through sponsorship and/or donations will directly benefit students through the many programs and activities sponsored and supported by the Boosters. These activities and events include: field trips, assemblies, Santa’s Store, summer family activities, family movie night, classroom supplies and much more.

Organizers are grateful for the support of the community and all projects that help support our students at MAES.

“The amount of money raised is a true testament to how our  community continues to support our students,” Pritts added. “The Educational Boosters are truly appreciative of all the support students received.”

The Meyersdale Area Elementary Educational Boosters meet the third Monday of each month at 3 p.m. in the elementary forum. Family members of students, in grades K through fifth grade, are invited to attend and support this organization and their efforts.

“The Boosters is in constant need of volunteers, interested persons can contact the elementary office,” Hay added. “Come join us!”