Walk-a-thon raises money for school

<p>The gleeful chatter of dozens of children filled the air over Kuckuk Park early Friday afternoon as staff, students and some family members came out for the annual St. James Lutheran School fundraising Walk-A-Thon.</p><p>The students enjoyed the pleasant autumn weather as they leisurely made their way from school to the park for a picnic.</p><p>In the weeks leading up to the Walk-A-Thon, students and their families raised money for new technology equipment in the school.</p><p>"There will be three prizes given out this year, and they will be classroom prizes," said principal Susan Longmire. "Our school goal is to raise $10,000, which is very possible based on previous year's totals."</p><p>St. James has hosted a Walk-A-Thon fundraiser annually since 2007.</p><p>Estimates so far total $7,500 and money will be collected through next week.</p><p>"This fundraiser is more successful than any other fundraiser," Longmire said. "It's enjoyed by children, staff and families, and it's also favored by families to give to something that they know all their funds are benefiting, rather than selling things that we only get a certain percentage from."</p>

<p>If the school reaches its goal, three technology prizes will be awarded to classrooms that met their individual goal, which were determined by the number of students in each classroom.</p><p>The prizes of interactive wireless technology include a projector and Elmo for the kindergarten, third or fourth grade classrooms; a SMART Board for the first, sixth or seventh grade classrooms; and/or Individual Student Responders for the second, fifth or eighth grade classrooms.</p><p>Final totals and prize winners will be drawn next week.</p>
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