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Walking, Kicking and Dancing Their Way to $13,500

They came, they walked, they kicked soccer balls and they raised $13,500.

The students of East Oakview Elementary School, as well as hardy high school volunteers, turned out on a chilly October day to support their school’s Parent-Teacher Council in a morning-long walk-a-thon.

The fundraiser will help pay for a PTC wish list of school improvements, including playground swings, soccer goals, an octoball game pit and field trips. It was the East Oakview PTC’s first such event, and co-president Nichole Johnson judged it a success both financially and in school spirit.

“It’s just fun to see everybody together – the parents, teachers, staff, the kids – and they’re having fun,” Johnson said as students circled the Northview High School track. “That’s our goal this year, is to have more community.”

High school athletes like football player Trajan Shomin manned a soccer goal where East Oakview kids took their best shots. Students also had a ball with face-painting, doing the hokey pokey and hurling pies at their teachers’ faces. Principal Andy Scogg was one of the cheerful targets.

“Our PTC just got energized,” Scogg said, pre-pie-faced. “They’ve got more parents than ever involved.”


East Oakview Elementary School

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey
Charles Honey is editor-in-chief of SNN, and covers series and issues stories for all districts. As a reporter for The Grand Rapids Press/mLive from 1985 to 2009, his beats included Grand Rapids Public Schools, local colleges and education issues. Honey served as editor of The Press’ award-winning Religion section for 15 years and its columnist for 20. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today, Religion News Service and Faith & Leadership magazine. Read Charles' full bio


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