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2nd Annual Walk-a-Thon planned

The Meyersdale Area Elementary School plans to start the 2019-2020 school year on the “right step,” with the 2nd Annual Walk-a-Thon. Organizers plan to hold the fundraising event on September 27, with a rain date of September 30. 

Hosted by the Meyersdale Area Elementary Educational Boosters, this event raised more than $13,000 in its first year and volunteers are confident this year will prove just as successful!

Students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade will be accepting sponsors for their efforts, as well as flat donations. Students in kindergarten and first grade will have 30 minutes to walk as many half-laps as they can. Older students, those in second through fifth grade, will have one hour to complete as many full laps as they are capable. The top earner from each grade will be treated to lunch with MAES Principal Pritts. Organizers have a set a fundraising goal of $8,000. If this goal is met, all students will receive an ice cream treat.

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, playground projects, classroom supplies and much more.  The Walk-a-Thon replaces traditional fundraisers held in the past. 

“We thought it was time for a change and wanted to hold an event that gets our students excited about wellness and walking,” explained Rene Hay, Boosters Treasurer. “We thought this was a nice change from traditional fundraising sales, allowing students to take ownership of their efforts.” 

Hay said the Walk-a-Thon was far more successful than traditional fundraisers in terms of money raised and participation.  

“With our previous fundraiser, we had less than 50% participation, but with our walk, 63% of our students turned in pledges.”

Devin Pritts, MAES Principal, said last year’s event was a highlight of the school year for students and staff alike. He is confident that same level of enthusiasm and excitement will be enjoyed this year as well!

“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!”

Sponsorship forms for the 2nd Annual Meyersdale Elementary School Walk-a-Thon have been sent home with all elementary students. Please contact your favorite MAES student and find out how you can support our school and make great “strides” in the coming school year!