Riley Elementary School held its annual Walk-a-Thon to raise funds for the school’s PTA on September 21.
The afternoon was spent with different groups coming from various parts of the community. The La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, La Porte City Fire Department, the La Porte Police Department, and local businesses all came out to cheer on the event. The LPHS band and Poms joined in on the fun as well.
The Walk-a-Thon is the main fundraiser that Riley Elementary School holds, and every year it has been a triumph.
“The successful element to me is the way we involve the families and the community. We have families of all ages that participate in the Walk-a-Thon.” Mr. Alber, Riley principal, said.
The classes were competitive in collecting funds, and whoever ended up raising the most money was able to smash eggs on Alber’s head, which was clearly one of the highlights of the day.
There were three students who received an extra reward for raising over $700 each. They were allowed to be “Principal for a Day,” and this led to one student even declaring “No Homework” for all Rockets on her day as the building leader.
One of the most unique assets about this fundraising event was that 100 percent of the money raised went directly to the school. The profits in past years have gone towards author visits, planetarium assemblies, Fun Fair, Field Day, Camp Tecumseh, and the school-wide field trip at the end of the year.
“Last year’s proceeds funded scholarships, special supplies, and equipment for Riley teachers and a school field trip to Potawatomi Zoo in South Bend.” Michelle Shirk, PTA member, said.
Riley would have not been able to have this outstanding fundraiser without the dedicated PTA and staff. The process of setting everything up took six to eight weeks. The PTA assisted staff in sponsoring rewards, contacting local businesses, coordinating assemblies, and the collection of donations.
Business donations were a key part of this process, making it possible to get every student a shirt.
“The t-shirts really emphasize the unity part of the Walk-a-Thon.” Mrs. Noll, 3rd grade teacher, said.
There were many unforgettable memories made during this incredible day. Everyone in the school agreed that this year’s Walk-a-Thon was one for the books.
“I feel that the Walk-a-Thon was another great success this year! It’s so exciting to see the students, staff, families, and community members put forth so much effort in this fundraising event for our school.” Mr. Mills, 4th grade teacher, said.