The gym was rocking with excitement as stakes were high on Friday, Oct. 21, during the 2016 Lynnville-Sully Community Education Foundation Walkathon assembly. In September, students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade were challenged to raise $10,000 during the LSCEF’s Third Annual Walkathon. If the students met the goal, Mrs. Teri Bowlin, preK-8 principal, promised to let the students turn her into a human sundae – complete with syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, cherries, and all!
Elementary teachers kicked off the assembly competing in a fun balloon race that pitted class A teachers against class B teachers. Then it was time for the big reveal. LSCEF Director Kyra Smith served as emcee, and with the help of LSCEF President Faye Brand and board member Jill Van Dyke, the trio unveiled the fundraiser thermometer, which indicated the students crushed the $10,000 goal. A whopping $15,743 was raised thanks to generous support from family, friends, and local businesses.
“This year's walkathon not only surpassed our goal, but also had over 75 percent participation from all K-5 students,” said Smith. “A huge thank you to the K-5 teachers who promoted this event within their classrooms and the administration who continues to support events like this to help the LSCEF enhance the educational experience of our students.”
The money raised will be used to purchase new math curriculum at the elementary level. Every student who raised $20 received a free walkathon T-shirt. Mrs. Sara Johnson’s kindergarten class was the winner of the tight race for the $100 prize given to the class with the most participation.
Finally, it was time for the human sundae. Two students from each grade who participated in the walkathon were drawn to represent their grade in the human sundae extravaganza. Bowlin took a seat in the gym for what proved to be a sweet, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Following the assembly, students walked and ran around the track and went over and around fun obstacles with classmates during 20-minute increments. Everyone enjoyed an ice cream treat as the “cherry on top” of a fun day.