PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - John F. Kennedy Magnet School in Port Chester raised $5,270 at it's fifth annual Walk-A-Thon this past weekend to go toward paying for extracurricular activities for the elementary school's students.
Participants walked 10 laps around the courtyard while volunteers from Open Door Family Medical Center in Port Chester conducted activities, including a bean bag toss, relay races and an Earth Day planting station.
Students were given a sticker for each lap they completed, and those who ran the entire 10 laps were given a medal. Visa gift cards were doled out to the three students who pledged the most money. First prize and a $100 gift card was given to Joshua Payne who raised $965. Clare Taylor-Winters took home second place and a $75 gift card while Amy Zheng finished third and won a $50 gift card.
Mrs. Rubino's second-grade class earned a free pizza party for pledging the most of any class with $967.
Event co-chair Debbie Carroll, who helped create the event five years ago, said the proceeds go to a PTA-established teacher's fund that's used to offset field trips and other enrichment activities.
"It first started out as an activity that would be healthy, where kids could get out in springtime," Carroll said. "Each year it seems to grow in participants and donations."
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