Class Act: Chester Walk-A-Thon

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By Evie Allen

CHESTER - Students at Chester Grade School have said goodbye to candy fundraisers and are instead walking to raise money.

Kids in all eight grades laced up their gym shoes for the third annual Walk-A-Thon.

"It's just really fun because it's the Walk-A-Thon. That's the funnest thing about school," said second grader Ben Neager.

Principal Tim Lochhead said the idea was to keep students away from selling candy bars.

"We wanted something that kids weren't selling non-nutritious items and they were coming out and actually doing fitness themselves," explained Lochhead.

Students raised money by gaining pledges at the beginning of the school year.

"The kids all feel like they're really a part of it this way and that the fundraising wasn't just done by the adults, it's actually being done by them. They're getting the pledges, and they're the ones that are actually coming out and doing the walking," said orgranizer Stephanee Neager.

There were also some new treats for students this year, including popcorn and inflatable bounce houses.

"Everything here is about physical fitness. They can either be walking or running or bouncing. We've got an obstacle course and a slide," said Neager.

"I hope that they come out of this and say, 'Hey you know what? I had a great time. I want to come back next year,'" said Lochhead.

Students raised over $16,000. All proceeds go to the school.
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