High Point Elementary School is "Wild About Learning," the theme of its 21st annual walk-a-thon set to take place on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Middle School East track, 730 Clotts Road.

High Point Elementary School is "Wild About Learning," the theme of its 21st annual walk-a-thon set to take place on Friday, Oct. 1, at the Middle School East track, 730 Clotts Road.

Event committee member Kara Graham said the goal is to raise $20,000 that will go toward items such as new technology, school equipment, classroom supplies and special assemblies.

The walk-a-thon is the only fundraiser of the year in which the children are asked to help raise money, Graham said. They collect pledges for each lap they walk or donations from those who prefer do do it that way.

"Either way, the children are very motivated to walk," she said. "Part of the money provides each child and staff member of the school with a High Point T-shirt. Each grade receives a different color and each year there is a new graphic on the front."

Graham said the shirts promote school spirit, and they're worn for special assemblies, field trips and for fun.

"The shirts become a favorite for a lot of kids," she said.

The High Point walk-a-thon started in 1989 by the first principal of High Point, Tony Piehowicz, who liked the idea of doing a healthy community fundraiser in lieu of the traditional door-to-door fundraising.

Family and friends are invited to join the student walkers during the event. Walkers are scheduled as follows: 8:30-9:30, AM kindergarten; 8:30-10:45 a.m., fourth grade; 9:10-11:30 a.m., fifth grade; 9:15-11:15 a.m., third grade; 12 noon to 2 p.m., first grade; and 12:30-1:30 p.m., all-day kindergarten.

"We cherish the opportunities to learn with our children and their parents," said Kathleen Erhard, High Point principal.

One of the long-term goals at High Point, Graham said, has been to equip every classroom with an Interactive Smart Board. In 2009, the money generated from the walk-a-thon was used to complete that goal and now the Smart Board technology is available for every child in every classroom.

In addition, she said, Erhard and the teachers wanted to enhance the reading experience for the kids by having larger individual classroom libraries where students would have more literature books in their rooms available to them on a daily basis, so a portion of the money went to that goal.

This year, Graham said, the PTA's goal is to continue to provide funds for technology, school equipment, classroom supplies and special assemblies.

"The PTA will look to Mrs. Erhard and to the teachers for suggestions on what they need most to directly benefit the kids for the best education," she said.

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