Walk-a-thon will benefit students at Baldwin Heights Elementary

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 5:52 pm on Friday, September 21, 2012

GREENVILLE — The Baldwin Heights Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a walk-a-thon fundraiser to benefit pupils at the school.

“This will be the first ever walk-a-thon,” said PTO president Ann Harvey. “No other school in our district has ever done one as a school fundraiser and we have decided to be the first.”

Over the years, fundraising was done through annual catalogs selling items such as cookie dough, magazines, wrapping paper and more.

Harvey said the drawback to raising funds that way is about 60 percent of the profits go to the fundraising company.

“They normally provide gifts or trinkets of some kind to get the kids hooked on selling more, but so much of our community’s money doesn’t stay in the community,” Harvey said.

The PTO is responsible for covering all the expenses for field trips, family fun nights, teacher supplies, books, playground equipment, major events, spring carnival and more, said Harvey.

“Doing the walk-a-thon will benefit each one of our 515 students at Baldwin Heights,” Harvey said.

The walk-a-thon will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Yellow Jacket Stadium located at the high school. Anyone may come to walk during that time.

Music, water stations and snacks will be provided.

“Any of our students, staff, families or members of the community can participate in our fundraising efforts,” Harvey said. “If members of the community want to come out and walk with us, we would be more than happy to welcome them. We are trying to create an atmosphere of fun and fitness while fundraising.”

As of Wednesday, the PTO had raised $3,900 in sponsorships, with more still coming in.

For more information, visit baldwinheightspto.dojiggy.com.

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