About 450 High Point Elementary School students will walk laps Friday, Oct. 4, in hopes of raising $25,000 for technology and other educational items.
Anne Unger, walkathon promoter, said students in kindergarten through fifth grade would walk from 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Gahanna Middle School East track, 730 Clotts Road.
Students collect pledges for each lap they walk or jog.
Unger said proceeds generally go to similar items each year, including library books, technology (such as notebooks) and interactive experiences that include the fifth-graders participating in a mentor training program about how to run a business.
"The kids raised $30,000 last year -- a record for the event's 23-year-old history," Unger said.
Last year, participants walked a combined 10,000 laps, totaling 2,600 miles, approximately the distance from Gahanna to Vancouver, Canada. The students' efforts went toward purchasing additional notebooks, literature and innovative academic initiatives.
Friends and family are invited to participate in the walkathon, and the track is wheelchair-accessible and stroller-friendly.
The event will be held rain or shine; however, if extreme weather forces a cancellation, the High Point walkathon will be moved to Oct. 11.
Students will be cheered on by friends and family members, as well as a disc jockey and area mascots.
Additional support and funding have been provided by numerous local businesses, such as Benchmark Bank, Animal Care Center at Cherry Way, Genesis Title Agency, Zukun Plan, PSee Solutions and such local business owners as James T. Hutta, Tara Himmer and Stacie Errington.