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Old Forge fundraiser was all wet

Walk-a-thon raises almost $12,000 for PTA-sponsored activities

Walk-a-thon raises almost $12,000 for PTA-sponsored activities

September 30, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Some walked. Some ran.

One boy said he went around the half-mile course six times. Others settled for two or three.

But everyone made sure to stop by the dunking booth and watch their principal get soaked.

More than 200 Old Forge Elementary School students participated in this year's walk-a-thon. They raised almost $12,000, which will go to the school's PTA for school activities and teaching needs, fundraising chairperson Lisa Wagner said.

The event ended with most students forming a long line and waiting for their chance to dunk the school's principal, John E. Festerman.

Students who raised at least $30 were given a ticket for one shot at hitting a target that would send Festerman, who was wearing a suit, into the dunking booth.

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For most, that was their motivation for raising the funds.

Fifth-grader Zach Schaeffer, 10, said he made sure to raise enough money for a ticket.

"It was just to make sure (Festerman) could do the dare," Zach said.

Festerman was given many ideas of things he could do if students were able to hit their goal of $12,000. He chose the dunking booth.

This was the school's second walk-a-thon, and Wagner said it is the PTA's main fundraiser. More students participated this year than last, she said.

"It's challenging and exciting," said Jake Ghafir, 9.

Jake said he participated last year, too, and was able to raise $30 this year with his family's help. He was excited to help the school, but mostly Jake kept thinking about how he would use his one chance to dunk his principal.

"I'm good at aiming," he said. "If it's a baseball, I'll dunk him good."

Isaac Sherman, a fourth-grader, said he enjoyed the walk-a-thon because he got to talk to his friends and spend time outside.

"You get to walk a lot, and it may get you more healthy and more strong," he said.

Seven-year-old Noah Gmez, a first-grader, said he ran most of his laps, and was taking a break waiting in the dunking line.

"I kept falling down, though," he said. "I was out of breath."

The fundraiser took place after school, and there were more than 60 parent volunteers there supervising. All of the money collected will go to the PTA for activities, such as field trips, assemblies, family fun night and supplies for teachers. Students who collected at least $30 received a certificate for a free round of miniature golf at Family Recreation Center. Students bringing in the three largest donations received a gift card.

Potomac Heights Elementary School in Hagerstown will be holding a similar walk-a-thon fundraiser Wednesday.

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