What is the walk-a-thon? The walk-a-thon is an event where children walk laps around the school and collect money (either per lap or as a flat donation) to benefit the Hardy School PTO. Last year 250 children from Hardy participated in this event!
How does the event work? Children check in and register at the Hardy playground, and then walk around the Hardy School on a pre-determined route. They will collect different colored wristbands for each number of laps they walk. On the day of the event, each child will receive a card that will be punched after the completion of each lap so that children can receive their wristbands.
How do I sign my child up for the walk-a-thon? Each participating child must have a completed permission slip form prior to the walk-a-thon. Additional information will be sent home in your child’s folder in early April.
How long is the walk-a-thon? The walk-a-thon will take place on Friday, April 29, beginning at 2:30 PM. The walk-a-thon usually lasts for 60-90 minutes.
Do all children have to walk with an adult? Children who are in 4th grade and above can walk with their friends. There will be chaperones along the walk-a-thon route to make sure children are staying on the sidewalk, not running, and using the posted trash bags to throw away their garbage. Children who are in third grade and below must be accompanied by an adult. Younger children are welcome to walk with their elementary school siblings, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
My child goes to the Hardy After School Program. Will s/he still be able to walk? Yes, teachers from after school will chaperone your children during this event. Following the event, the children will return to after school activities.
How does this event raise money for the PTO? Children can collect money either by the number of laps they walk or for the event as a whole. An information packet, including a permission slip and pledge sheet will be sent home with your child. Your child will record the pledges on the sheet, collect the money, and return both the money and the pledge sheet to school in your child’s folder following the walkathon.
How do you collect the money? Information will be sent home in early April, including a pledge sheet for your child to tally pledges for the pledges your child has received. Collect the money and send in the money and pledge sheet with your child the week after the walk-a-thon. All money will be given to the PTO.