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On your mark, get set, fundraise

Fredericktown Elementary School held a Track-a-thon Sept. 14 to raise money to purchase new playground equipment. The event gave students the chance to get involved and help.

The students took home pledge papers the week prior to the event to ask parents, family members, and friends to commit to a donation based on the amount of laps they walked. Then, on Thursday, each class took to the track for 20 minutes at a time.

As they lapped the track, teachers marked their arms with a washable marker which seemed to motivate the students even more. They could be seen running as fast as they could to collect as many marks possible.

Once their time was up, they had their laps recorded so they could collect their pledges. Teachers took this as an opportunity to work on the students counting skills by having them count along. Students were seen showing off their lap sheets obviously proud of their accomplishments.

After their hard work students were offered a treat of a Hug drink and Kisses candy and then took a break enjoying the weather outside.

Mrs. Coleman’s class decided FES Principal Mr. (Joe) Clauser needed to get involved in the event so they challenged him to walk 20 laps. They pledged $1 per student in their class and challenged other classes to join in as well.

Clauser accepted the challenge and successfully completed his 20 laps as students cheered him on from the sidelines.

“The equipment we have now is 20 years old,” Clauser said. “Several pieces are broken and are in need of repair.”

Clauser explained that for the cost of replacing the broken parts of the playground, they could purchase a whole new setup.

“It’s a healthy way to raise the funds,” Clauser said. “This way the kids are getting exercise on a nice day and we get 100 percent of the proceeds.”

“Our goal is to have different materials in different areas,” Clauser said. “Right now all of our playgrounds are pea gravel.”

The school has been approved for a $30,000 grant to pay for tiles made of recycled tires to go under the new equipment. The school has to pay 10 percent of the grant amount in order to receive the funding. 

Clauser said they hope to rewrite the grant next year in order to put recycled tire mulch in some of the other areas. 

Mr. Kline's second grade class takes off at the Track-a-thon, Sept. 14, at Fredericktown Elementary School. More photos can be seen on page A3.

Mr. Kline’s second grade class takes off at the Track-a-thon, Sept. 14, at Fredericktown Elementary School. More photos can be seen on page A3.

Kindergartner Lola McMinn from Ms. Hennrich's Class enjoys her hug after the Track-a-thon.

Kindergartner Lola McMinn from Ms. Hennrich’s Class enjoys her hug after the Track-a-thon.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Democrat News. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at vkemper@democratnewsonline.com

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