This year, 20% of the Walkathon proceeds will help purchase snacks for any Hardy student who is hungry during the school day. The PTO and our school nurse have partnered with Arlington EATS to establish a snack program at Hardy.
Matching donation from Matt!
We have an incredible offer from Hardy dad Matt Urcioli, of Keller Williams Realty. If we can raise $2,500 at the 2018 Walkathon, he will give a matching donation of $2,500! Thank you, Matt!
What do you need to do to make this event a success for your child and all of Hardy?
Permission Slip! Each participating child must have a completed permission slip form prior to the Walk-a-thon. Please download and turn into your child’s teacher before the event.
Pledge Sheet! Your child can keep track of money earned for walking. Download the pledge sheet. The money will be collected up to one week post the event.
Water Bottle! Send your child to school with a filled water bottle to limit paper/plastic cup use.
Snacks! Fruit and water table will be on site near where the children pass through the grade level tables.
FAQ! For a helpful print-out of the FAQ, click and print!
Please review the following information with your child prior to the walkathon if they are not familiar with the format yet.
The day of the event, each child will receive a punch card in the grade level color of the Hardy rainbow.
When a child completes a lap, they will go to their grade level table to receive a punch in their card AND a colored wristband if they have reached the appropriate number of laps.
We hope to see lots of rainbows on our students at the end of the walk!
Need more information? Questions? Email Patsy.
What is the walkathon? The walkathon 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 walkathon will take place on Friday beginning at 2:30 PM. The walkathon 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.