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Walking, running, tugging and Hula-Hooping to make school fundraising history

Kent City elementary students raise record funds for their school

photography by Dianne Carroll Burdick

Kent City — On a sunny fall day in northern Kent County, Kent City Elementary School students took to the district’s brand new track to walk and run in their school’s sixth annual KCE walk-a-thon. 

“The walk-a-thon is our only community fundraiser for our school, and this was a record year!” said Administrative Assistant Debra Williams. 

Altogether, students from KCE raised $42,000 for their school. Williams says that while teachers and administrators are still deciding how to spend the unprecedented proceeds, 100% of the funds will support teaching and learning at the school. 

The walk-a-thon wasn’t just about walking around the track, adds Williams: “Students of all grades enjoyed participating in a variety of activities that included games, dancing, music, movement and most of all … FUN!” 

To end the event, the award-winning Kent City High School Marching Band serenaded the students with the school’s fight song.

From left, second-graders Brayden Davison, Walter Kaminski, Emmett Wahlfield and Julian Obenauf race with their class on the new track
Fifth-grader Lucas Mourer does the Hula Hoop swivel
Sara Schutt’s first-grade class listens to the Kent City High School Marching Band perform the school fight song
Fallynn Knowlton jumps for joy after the girls team wins in tug-of-war
Madeline Aldinger’s third-grade class runs a 50-meter race

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Allison Poosawtsee
Allison Poosawtsee
Allison Poosawtsee is a reporter covering Rockford Public Schools and Kent City Community Schools. She has spent 15+ years working and writing in the education context, first for her alma mater, Calvin University, and then for various businesses and nonprofit organizations in the Grand Rapids area. As a student journalist, she served as editor-in-chief of Calvin’s student newspaper where she garnered several Michigan Collegiate Press Association awards for her work. Allison is a proud parent of two Grand Rapids Public Schools scholars and a passionate advocate for the value of public education.


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