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Students walk to raise money for school

They sweated to rock n’ roll. They sweated to techno. The students at Truckee Elementary even sweated to the oldies.

And all of that hard work will pay off for the hundreds of students who walked lap after lap in the school’s annual walk-a-thon Friday.

“We’re raising money for our school so we can go on field trips and do extra activities,” fifth-grader Garrett Woodrow shouted over the blaring speakers in the Truckee Elementary schoolyard.

In the weeks before Friday’s event, students took pledge sheets to friends, family and businesses to get donations for their classes. People contributed by the lap or a fixed donation.

“This is the fund-raiser where the money goes back to their classrooms for supplies and enrichment activities,” said Principal Cathy Valle, who was sporting a T-shirt with the walk-a-thon’s sponsors.

This was Valle’s 10th walk-a-thon at Truckee Elementary.

“It’s our major fund-raiser,” said teacher Nancy Shaeffer. “It’s also our biggest school-community event. We get little brothers and sisters and parents out here.”

To kick off the walk-a-thon, the big kids on campus – the fifth graders – got to bust through a butcher-paper banner and walk the first lap. Fifth-grader Hilary Breuner said that first lap helped her get hyped for her goal.

“I want to run 50 laps,” said Breuner, who was well on her way with 21 laps.

What was her favorite part of the walk-a-thon?

“I think it’s just fun to be with your friends out of the classroom.”

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