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.
What will PTO do with the rest of the Walkathon donations? Use them to enrich students’ learning and pay for necessities! This year it will cost more than $10,000 to send all children on field trips. Your donations also pay for technology, classroom materials, library books, and community events like the International Festival and Literacy Night.
Matching donation from Matt!
We have an incredible offer from Hardy dad Matt Urciuloi, 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!
What is Arlington EATS? Arlington EATS is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2014 to address food insecurity in town. Arlington Public Schools offer free and reduced-price lunches that feed more than 650 qualifying students on school days. When school is not in session, family food resources are often stretched. Arlington EATS’ mission is to make sure that students have healthy, nutritious food over the long summer vacation, February and April vacations, and over the weekends. EATS has also established snack programs in all of our schools, with a goal of ensuring that no child is too hungry to learn. A representative from Arlington Food Pantry/Arlington EATS will speak to Hardy students about food insecurity at an assembly on the day of the Walkathon. More information about EATS is at http://www.arlington-eats.org/
What is the walkathon? It’s a fun event in which students walk laps around the school, earn colorful wristbands, and raise money to benefit the Hardy School PTO. Last year 250 children from Hardy participated in this event! How does the event work? Children check in at the Hardy playground immediately after school. Students walk around the Hardy School on an established route of about ¼ mile lap and collect wristbands as they go. The PTO provides water and fruit to keep everyone energized and hydrated. The event usually lasts for 60-90 minutes. Children do not need to raise money in order to participate in the walk.
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 walkathon. Additional information will be sent home in your child’s folder in early April.
How long is the walk-a-thon? The walkathon takes place on Friday beginning at 2:30 PM and lasts for 60-90 minutes. One lap around the school is ¼ mile.
Do all children have to walk with an adult? Children in fourth grade and up can walk with their friends. Volunteers will make sure children stay on the sidewalk, refrain from running, and dispose of garbage appropriately. Children in third grade and below must be accompanied on the route by an adult. Younger children are welcome to walk with their elementary school siblings as long as they are with an adult. Will students who attend Hardy After School Program (HASP) be able to walk? Yes. Teachers from HASP will chaperone your children. Following the event, the children will return to after-school activities. Permission slips must be received before Friday. Will students who participate in METCO program be able to walk? Yes. Students will be able to walk until the bus arrives, at approximately 3 pm. Volunteers will chaperone students. Permission slips must be received before Friday. How do I use the pledge sheet? Children can collect pledges from family and friends either by the number of laps they walk or for the event as a whole. How do I use the pledge sheet? Children can collect pledges from family and friends either by the number of laps they walk or for the event as a whole.
How and when do I send in donations? Collect cash or checks from donors and send payment to school with the pledge sheet in an envelope marked PTO Walkathon. Checks should be made out to Hardy PTO.
If you prefer, donations can be made by Paypal at hardyschool.com/hardy-walkathon. Just click on the yellow DONATE button and type “Walkathon” in the comment field Donations are tax deductible and are eligible for many corporate matching programs.