How does the Walk-a-thon work you ask? In fulfillment of their commitment to family, neighbors and friends who pledge money in their honor, Abbott students will walk and/or run with their class for 30 minutes during the school day on September 29th (rain date is October 2nd).
Wondering what the PTO did with the money you pledged for last year’s walk? Some of the funds from last year’s Walk-a-thon have been put aside to possibly be used for a larger scale project in the near future. The remainder of the money YOU pledged was used: to fulfill classroom grants submitted by teachers; to pay for the yearly 4th grade Youth Frontiers retreat; and, to purchase a water fountain with a water bottle filler, a commercial-grade popcorn machine, electric pencil sharpeners for every classroom, and a Little Free Library (awaiting installation by Millard). THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY! Funds raised from prior Gator Walk-a-thons have been used to purchase 2 tetherball sets and outdoor fitness equipment (we are getting closer to having these items installed by Millard), a portion of 60 iPads, 2 basketball courts, shade trees, and the list goes on.
This year’s goal? While we don’t have any specific improvements in mind, IF we raise more than $25,000, the PTO could consider a larger scale project, such as a concrete track for Abbott!
Walk-a-thon timeline: Thursday, Sept. 28th: Pledge Collection & Prize Selection forms DUE (Online donations will close at 9pm on Sept. 27th)
Friday, Sept. 29th: Gator Walk-a-thon, 9:15am-3:05pm
Can I be a part of the walk-a-thon on Sept. 29th you ask? YES!!!The Walk-a-thon will take place on the field north of the school. Students will walk or run (at their own pace) with their class for 30 minutes. WE HOPE YOU WILL COME CHEER YOUR STUDENT(S) ON! Just show up on the field at your student’s assigned walk time. Feel free to bring noise-makers, small squirt guns (weather permitting), bubbles… Our goal is to make this a fun, fitness event!
Classroom Walk-a-thon times: (These times are for September 29th and the rain date of October 2nd) 9:15-9:45….. 4th Grade (Cryer, Petersen, Powell) 9:55-10:25…Kindergarten (Baker, Broesch, Sweetman) 12:35-1:05… 3rd Grade (Doblar, Hardage, Thomas)
1:15-1:45…….5th Grade (Hale, Langer, Pate)
1:55-2:25……1st Grade (Frenche, Gates, Traynor, Georgesen) 2:35-3:05….2nd Grade (Dolezal, Frost, Wellensiek)
Any Questions? Watch for the packet to come home next Monday. And, feel free to contact Julie Shaner with questions or to volunteer!
If you would like to support a student and Grace Abbott Elementary with a Pledge, please submit a donation through PayPal here. Don’t forget to tell the student / family the amount of your online pledge so they receive credit for the pledge.
Thank you for your support!