Alden-Conger walkathon raises 3 times the goal for school

Published 8:29 pm Thursday, May 25, 2023

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Despite the rain outside, the Alden-Conger Parent Teacher Organization held their first ever walkathon May 12, and the results are in. The event raised more than three times their goal of $5,000.

“We got the idea from a parent who serves on our team,” said Shanna Drescher, a member of the PTO, in an email.

In total, the walkathon raised almost $16,000. According to Drescher, money raised will be used to update the school’s playground with new, inclusive equipment. In the past, the PTO has provided Chromebooks for students, Smartboards for teachers and to support various clubs within the school.

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Pre-kindergarten through fifth-graders participated in the indoor event, and Drescher said despite the change in venue, students still had fun.

To keep students motivated, the school held various motivation stations including a rainbow bridge, a cool-off station and a tattoo area. The walkathon ended with an ice-cream treat.

And because students met their goal, Principal Jenny Hanson agreed to be made into an ice cream sundae.

Top earners were Everett Stadheim, who received a Trek bike, and Emily Bronson, who won a $100 gift card to Scheels.

“We look forward to hosting another walkathon next year,” Drescher said.

Other fundraisers the PTO has hosted include the annual Night of Knights, an event involving food, music and both a live and silent auction.