Walkathon Is Valuable Tradition at OLL

Our Lady of the Lake School
Ninth Annual Neighborhood Walkathon

It's an annual tradition that Our Lady of the Lake school kids know very well! Come May, the students don Walkathon t-shirts, decorate and post signs and are seen happily taking a walk around the neighborhood to help the PTO raise funds for new items the school needs. This year, the PTO is raising money for new safety items.

Although at first glance, the students look like they are just taking a stroll, there is a lot of planning that goes into the Walkathon! Sponsored by the PTO and in its ninth year, the Walkathon is a spring ritual for the school kids, faculty, and parents alike. But when all is said and done, the students help the PTO raise money for much-needed items that include awnings and safety measures, field trips for students, sponsored assemblies and band instruments.

Our Lady of the Lake School Principal, Mrs Jenny Millett, once a student at the school herself, welcomes the neighborhood to join in the fun. "All members of OLL parish and the community are encouraged to come out and walk or cheer on the students," Millett said.

Mrs. Maryellen Cotter, a long-time neighborhood resident and OLL parishioner, said she watches for the students to come by each spring. "It's a wonderful tradition I look forward to each spring," said Cotter. "We parishioners who are lucky enough to live in the neighborhood enjoy watching the kids. This is a wonderful school and this neighborhood loves to support these young folks."

So if you spot a group of happy Walkathon t-shit-clad students walking on Wednesday, May 8, give a honk of your horn or come out and greet them to let them know that you, too, support their efforts to take a spring walk for a good cause.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019