In 2nd year, Howbert Elementary's Walk-A-Thon tops inaugural with $16,000 for school
The second annual Walk-A-Thon surpassed the total from its 2014 inaugural by $2,000 with a total of $16,000.
As in its first year, the event lasted 45 minutes, with all students (close to 300 in all) from grades K-5 participating. Each class wore T-shirts with different colors. They took laps around the school's upper playground, off Water Street between 30th and 31st streets.
People from outside the school included members of Fort Carson's 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team (which has “adopted” Howbert), firefighters, Coronado High cheerleaders and even a few Star Wars stormtroopers.
The Fort Carson unit let students take a lap carrying their 35-pound packs, walking with them in the process.
The money will be used by the PTA for school improvements. The main goal is a shade structure for the playground, according to Laura Tefertiller of the PTA. Beforehand,
Meanwhile, the PTA was lining up support from the community, including donations of prizes for the top pledge-obtainers.
Howbert Principal Deb Hawes said she thinks having just one fundraiser a year works out well because that means fewer distractions from actual school work. She expressed gratitude for the strong community support Howbert received for the event.
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