Walk-a-thon to benefit Royalton Middle School students

By Liz Verley, Staff Writer

Royalton Middle School students will soon be out collecting pledges for the first Ramblin’ Royals Walk-A-Thon. Proceeds from the event will be used primarily for middle school field trips and other special projects. Elise Yates, left, and Samantha Post were part of a group creating posters to advertise the event.

Royalton Middle School students will soon be out collecting pledges for the first Ramblin’ Royals Walk-A-Thon. Proceeds from the event will be used primarily for middle school field trips and other special projects. Elise Yates, left, and Samantha Post were part of a group creating posters to advertise the event.

Royalton Middle School students will soon be out collecting pledges for their first Ramblin Royals Walk-A-Thon fundraiser.

The primary goal of the fundraiser is to help pay for field trips, technology and teacher requests for educational purposes for middle school students.

The kickoff is scheduled for May 9. That is when students will begin collecting pledges.

Between May 12-19 the students will turn in the money collected. The walk itself will take place on Monday, May 19, on the school’s track and other areas of the school complex. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors. One hundred percent of the money raised will be used for projects at the middle school.

The more money brought in, the more a student will walk and enjoy a variety of outdoor games, inflatables and activities. Prizes will be awarded based on participation and top fundraisers.

“We hope that this activity-based fundraiser will help us model healthy choices for our students while meeting our goals,” said Monica Flakus, guidance counselor.

English Teacher Sara Schreifels said, “This event will help define and make something special for our middle school students. We are excited to get started with our first annual Walk-A-Thon.”

Staff members serving on the planning committee as well as Flakus and Schreifels include: Ryan Marwitz, physical education; Kelcie Tschida, science; Stacy Kierstad, paraprofessional; Kelley Newell, social studies and Melanie Cimenski, English.

Members of the student council will be assisting at the event which is sponsored by the Royalton Middle School staff and Better Living Exercise and Nutrition Daily (BLEND).

BLEND is funded by CentraCare Health Foundation. It is a local coalition taking innovative strides to insure kids and families have the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities that increase physical activity and healthy nutritional choices.

“People and businesses have been very supportive of this project,” Flakus said.

“We hope to have a second annual walk-a-thon this fall,” said Schreifels.

Anyone who is not contacted and would like to make a donation may send it to Sara Schreifels, 120 South Hawthorn, Royalton, 56373.

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