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.”

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Charles Honey
Charles Honey is a freelance writer and former columnist for The Grand Rapids Press/ MLive.com. As a reporter for The Press 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. His freelance articles have appeared in Christianity Today magazine, Religion News Service and the Aquinas College alumni magazine. Read Charles' full bio.

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