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Healthy Husky Walk-A-Thon

Liz Ayers,   Pleasant Hill Elementary
Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation
Healthy Husky Walk-A-Thon

In an attempt to provide students, teachers, and families with opportunities to exercise, we organized a healthy fundraiser for the PTA. The walk-a-thon was held during school hours. Area mascots were present to cheer on the runners and walkers. Students not only raised money for the school garden, but did so in a healthy manner instead of selling junk food.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

Students and teachers worked together to plan and promote the walk-a-thon. Students then invited adults to participate in the walk-a-thon with them. Prizes were given to the class with the most laps and with the most guest walkers.

How did you accomplish your goals?

We wanted to be able to raise money to improve our school garden area and to create an outdoor classroom setting. We, however, did not want to sell unhealthy products like candy in order to raise the money. A walk-a-thon seemed like a perfect compromise.

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

Parents enjoyed participating in PE classes. We have planned two more walks this year. The next two walks won't be fundraisers - just opportunities for families to exercise at school. We believe this will help build/foster positive relationships.