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The leaves are changing, the air is crisp and that means it’s almost Walk-A-Thon time!
The SMOS Walk-A-Thon is an awesome family friendly FUNdraiser – in which students participate by walking a ½ mile loop at Tower Grove Park with family and friends to benefit St. Margaret’s School! Students collect pledges per mile walked (or straight-out donations). The goal is to raise $20,000 towards critical operating funds for the School – so everyone is expected to participate!
It’s a really great event, and anyone who’s done it in the past will attest to the community spirit you’ll experience that is part of what makes St. Margaret so wonderful! If it’s your first year – come on out and join the fun – it’s a great way to meet more people can get further connected to other SMOS families!
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Stephens.
Many parents have asked a lot of the same questions, so hopefully, this WALK-A-THON FAQ will help clarify the event.
What Is Walk-A-Thon?
The SMOS Walk-A-Thon is a half-day of fun for the whole family – and the largest annual fundraiser held by the school. It’s held every year in Tower Grove Park at the Old Playground Pavilion. Students and families collect donations for their participation in the walk. It takes every student and lots of family support to reach our $20,000 goal – that is almost $50 per child in pledges! It runs from roughly 8am to 1pm. There are snacks, candy, hot dogs, and drinks sold during the event.
Does My Student Need To Be There From 8 AM – 1 PM?
No, come when you can and stay as long as you want. Some students choose to have family and friends pledge them per mile, so the longer they are there, the farther they can walk. Many students also like to set a goal for themselves such as walking 5, 10, 15, or more miles depending on age. Plus, there are competitions between the classes for participation, distance, etc. – all with some serious bragging rights (and a prize!), which I’m sure you’ll start hearing about from your child.
How Do We Donate?
Students can collect pledges in one of two ways – all of which can be made through WeShare or paid via cash or check (made out to SMOS) submitted to the School office. It’s up to your family depending on what you prefer – Students can ask donors to pledge a dollar amount per mile walked – any dollar amount they choose (like $20/mile) – and then afterward they would report what they walked so donors can make their donation from there. OR Students can just ask for a flat-out donation (say $50 in total) for walking in the event. So, get ready to hit up Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle Charlie to collect their pledges/donations! (And families who don’t have relatives or friends to hit up – or don’t feel comfortable doing so – can just make a family donation to support the school and their kids’ efforts that day.)
How Can I Help?
And as with all things St. Margaret, we need your help! Parent volunteers are the heart of all fundraising at SMOS, so please sign up for a time slot to assist us in pulling off this event smoothly. We still have a bunch of open time slots in the latter part of the event. Thank you!!
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL AT THIS YEAR’S WALK-A-THON!