Hundreds of people on the trail for the Walk-A-Thon Avon PTA
AVON, Ohio – Most events are such happy occasions now that COVID-19 appears to be on the verge of extinction. One of the happiest events I’ve seen over the past few months, however, has been the Avon PTA Walk-A-Thon which took place at Avon High School’s Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet Stadium on Sunday (October 3 ).
Hundreds of people have arrived to participate in fundraising efforts that will be used for special programs for students at Avon Early Learning Center and Avon East Elementary School.
Some of the people walking the stadium track had sponsors for the number of laps they could complete. Others paid small amounts to participate in “side show” events such as face painting.
One of those side shows was by far one of the funniest ideas this reporter had ever seen at a family event. Recalling throwing a baseball to “soak” a volunteer sitting inside a water cooler, teachers and administrators wearing white overalls set up for children to throw soaked sponges at them in paint. Very funny !
Mayor Bryan Jensen was on hand to greet the participants. He noted that it was a beautiful day from a weather point of view.
“It’s a perfect day to do the walk,” he said. “I always appreciate the people who come to support our schools, our great school system. Support for teachers and administrators shows that we are on the right track.
Tricia Alberini, President of the Avon PTA, said: “The goal of our fourth year of this event is to raise funds for PTA sponsored programming in schools. We wanted it to be a family event for kids from Kindergarten, Kindergarten and up to Grade 2.
She said about 400 people attended the last event, but it looks like a lot more came out this time around.
At around 6 p.m. Monday (October 4), she said more than $ 26,000 had been raised.
The highest paid person in the walk raised over $ 600, she said, and the two closest topped $ 500 each, in addition to “a lot of students who went over $ 200 each.” .
For those who couldn’t attend the event, there is still time to help with fundraising. Alberini said the website promisestar.com/avon will continue to accept donations until Friday (October 8).
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