About 400 Royal Manor Elementary School students will walk for iPads on May 31.

About 400 Royal Manor Elementary School students will walk for iPads on May 31.

The school's Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is sponsoring the second annual walk-a-thon with a goal of raising $16,000 for technology.

The walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 31, at the school, 299 Empire Drive, with a kickoff assembly and a ceremonial first lap.

Lisa Laurent, walk-a-thon coordinator, said a new sound system was purchased for Royal Manor last year, and the PTA will start purchasing iPads with this year's proceeds.

If the school reaches its fundraising goal, principal Rick Oxley has committed to walking approximately eight miles from his Westerville residence to the school.

"Our kids have worked very hard to collect pledges and are learning much in regard to school pride, community awareness and, most of all, health and fitness," Laurent said.

The Gahanna YMCA will have volunteers work two activity stations, and the Y has donated two weeks of summer camp as a raffle prize.

"We also have a handful of Royal Manor alumni who will be volunteering their time," Laurent said. "There will be a magician act that will be inside (the school) for a cool-down station, and (a volunteer) will take on the role of Wally the frog, mascot of Gahanna."

Laurent said she hopes the walk-a-thon will expand every year, providing Royal Manor with funds needed throughout the year without having to send students into the community for door-to-door sales.