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High Point ES 23rd Annual Walk-a-Thon

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  • Friday, October 04, 2013
    8:30 AM - 2:05 PM

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23rd annual Walk-a-Thon Event: Celebrating High Point Leadership

Last year, High Point students collectively “walked” 2,600 miles!

More than 450 kindergarten through grade-5 students of High Point ES will “step up” to raise funds in the school's 23rd annual High Point ES Walk-a-Thon fundraising event, Fri. Oct. 4, 2013, from 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the GMSE athletic track, 730 Clotts Road, Gahanna.

Friends and family are invited to participate, and the track is wheelchair accessible and stroller friendly. The event will take place rain or shine; however, if extreme weather forces a cancellation, the High Point ES Walk-a-Thon will move to Oct. 11, 2013.

This year's goal is to raise $25,000. Students collect pledges for each lap they walk or jog. All donations are tax deductible.

Students will be cheered on by friends and family members, plus a deejay and area mascots. Additional support and funding has been provided by numerous local businesses such as Benchmark Bank, Animal Care Center at Cherry Way, Genesis Title Agency, Zukun Plan, PSee Solutions and local business owners such as James T. Hutta, DDS, Tara Himmer, DDS and Stacie Errington, OD.

It’s amazing and inspiring that for more than two decades, our walk-a-thon has enjoyed so much support from the students, their families and our community. — Principal Kathleen Erhard


2013 High Point Walking Schedule
Image: High Point ES Walk-a-Thon

  • 8:20 - 10:20 a.m. –  3rd Grade
  • 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. – AM Kindergarten
  • 9 - 11:30 a.m. – 5th Grade
  • 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. – 4th Grade
  • 11:55 - 1:55 p.m. –  1st Grade
  • 12:05 - 2:05 p.m. – 2nd Grade
  • 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. – The All-day & Afternoon Kindergarten programs

The third-grade class will “walk” to Atlanta, while the kindergarteners will “walk” to Louisville, Ky. — at least, that’s the mileage-wise goal. Regardless, each lap translates into additional educational funds for the school.

“The students learn the first week of school the idea of ‘Cruise Control’ which is jogging at a slow, steady, pace that will allow them to jog for a longer amount of time, “ says PE teacher Rachel Coldwell.  “By training for the event, they learn how to increase their endurance and pace themselves so they can jog for a longer amount of time. Students start off not being about to jog a 1/2 lap and by the event are jogging more than walking!”

Last year, participants walked a combined 10,000 laps, totaling 2,600 miles – appropriately the distance from Gahanna to Vancouver, Canada. The students' efforts helped raise more than $30,000 that went toward additional:
  • Technology (including student iPads®);
  • Literature (including new books for the High Point library/media center); and,
  • Innovative Academic Initiatives (including support for the fifth-grade students to participate in Junior Achievement's BizTown program, providing  real-world lessons in basic economic and business concept).

“It’s the only fundraiser we hold all year, and year after year, we’re grateful to receive the extra resources that help broaden our students’ educational experiences and help prepare them for the future,” said Erhard.

For more information or to make a contribution to the event or to High Point ES, please leave a message for Lori Baker at High Point ES, by calling 614-478-5545.

Note: The High Point ES PTA is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit entity and all donations are tax deductible.
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