September 3, 2014

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Candy’s out, walking’s in for school’s fundraiser

AVON LAKE — All parents of elementary school students know that the day will come when their child thrusts an order form for candy into their hands with a plea to help raise money for their school.It’s a great way to raise funds, but it often puts all the pressure on the parents.

That’s why the Westview Elementary PTA came up with a new way of helping the school that, instead of tapping into the parents, really got the kids moving.

During two sessions Friday, every member of the student body laced up their walking shoes for the first Westview Wildcat Walk. The PTA hopes the walkathon-style event will become a yearly event.

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Students of Westview Elementary School take to the track Friday to raise money for the first Westview Wildcat Walk.

“We were just looking for something different than just selling wrapping paper or candy,” said Susan Mueller, PTA second vice president. “This is a healthy choice that is more fun for the kids.”

A kindergartener walking by said that he loved walking, reinforcing to Mueller that her idea was a good one.

“See, the kids are really taking it serious, trying to get as many laps as they can,” she said.

The premise of the walk was simple; students were encouraged to secure monetary pledges from family and friends for every lap walked. The money was donated directly to the school’s PTA. 

Students walked around a track as many times as they could for 30 to 45 minutes. Each time they passed an official counter, that person marked another tally on a tag worn around their necks.

Students wore the lanyards with pride, confidently announcing their status as they passed the teachers and parents around the track cheering them on. Principal Paul Holland wouldn’t let his students walk alone, though.

He walked, skipped and even rolled around the track on a scooter to show his support.

“So many times we have kids sell things, but this is about their wellness just as much as it’s about raising money,” he said. “This is the kind of thing memories are made of.”

This week, letters will be sent to sponsors with the total amount of their pledge due. On Nov. 2, students will learn how much their steps were worth in an assembly.

There, Holland will congratulate the students for their hard work, and one student from each class will be randomly selected to smash a pie in Holland’s face.

“I draw the line at kissing pigs or anything like that. I’m all for motivating my students, but that is not the kind of memory I plan on making. Plus, pie tastes much better,” Holland said.
Contact Lisa Roberson at 653-6268 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.