Truckee Elementary puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising |

Truckee Elementary puts the ‘fun’ in fundraising

Christina Nemec
Special to the Sun
Katie Flynn and her sons Dylan and Cody get a move on in the Walk-a-Thon.
Courtesy photo |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee Elementary hosted its annual Walk-a-Thon and Pumpkin Patch fall fundraisers.

The Oct. 11 Walk-A-Thon involved a half day of walking and running the Truckee El track.

“It is a favorite event,” said PTO President Katie Flynn. “It embodies Truckee’s commitment to health, pride for the school and community.”

Students are encouraged to enlist sponsors who donate a set amount of money for every lap.

Additionally, students can simply accept flat fee donations through friends and family members. Similarly, the Pumpkin Patch calls teachers, students and entire families to help run Halloween-style games and events to secure even more funding for Truckee Elementary.

According to Flynn, the spirt behind both events is every bit as important as the earnings. “Half of the event is about raising money. The other half is simply about bringing the community together and having fun,” she said.

In past years, the Walk-A-Thon has never been as health conscious — or fun.

This year, to discourage the kids from overeating and drinking, snacks were limited. “The entire motivational tone of the event changed,” said Flynn. To keep all the kids and parents enthusiastic former PTO president Alex Herrera acted as DJ, providing an upbeat sound for walkers.

Herrera encouraged students, parents, and teachers to challenge each other or to run or skip around the track.

Fifth graders added to the mix with their own version of Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance routine directed by coach Mike Pile, aka “Mr. P.”

The Truckee Elementary Pumpkin Patch was held on a sunny, blue-skied Oct. 19 and proved to be yet another success, which offered fun and funds for the school.

For this event, each classroom hosted carnival-style booths. Some classes opted for games like the ping pong fish toss. Others were more activity based. Pumpkin Patch favorites included the Zombie Haunted House, a petting zoo, cake walk, and, of course, a colorful pumpkin patch.

Families made culinary contributions of tamales, enchiladas, and other delicacies.

All proceeds were split between classes. Monies will be used to support curriculum.

Some specifics include: classroom books, special art projects, field trips, and swimming lessons.

A big thanks goes out to all the volunteers who made this event such a success, especially to Amy Kylberg, who was the coordinator of the event.


Minimum Day Madness on March 12.

A ski day at Tahoe Donner Ski Area, details to be announced. Discounted tickets and affordable lessons and all proceeds go to TE.

Spring Fever on May 9. Fundraiser with Glenshire Elementary at the Martis Camp Barn.

Christina Nemec is a free-lance writer, teacher and writing consultant, owner of Tahoe Scribe Custom Writing Services, or

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