“Husky Hike” Fundraiser For Gregory Heights Is May 1st

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Gregory Heights Elementary School’s annual “Husky Hike” fundraising walk-a-thon is coming Friday, May 1st, and here are the details:

WHAT: Gregory Heights PTSA “Husky Hike” Walk-A-Thon Fundraiser

WHEN: Friday, May 1st, all day

WHERE: Gregory Heights Elementary School, located at 16201 16th Ave SW in Burien (map below)

INFO: Here’s a FAQ put together by the G.H. PTSA:

Question: What is the Gregory Heights Walk-A-Thon?
: It is our primary PTSA fundraising event for the 2008/2009 school year. Students collect donations and pledges for the event, and then walk laps around the school playground. Sponsors give fixed amount donations, or pledge to pay a certain amount per lap walked. It is a fun and festive event with family members welcome.

Question: When is the Walk-A-Thon?
Answer: Friday, May 1, all day.

Question: Where will we hold the Walk-A-Thon?
Answer: We will hold the Walk-A-Thon during school hours on Friday, May 1. Students will walk with their classmates for 45 minutes around an approximately ¼ mile path set up around the field at Gregory Heights. The event will be secure with both teachers and parent volunteers supervising the participants.

Question: Why do we have the Walk-A-Thon?
Answer: Limited public school funds cannot provide all of the programs and resources we want our children to have. Each year Gregory Heights PTSA holds fundraisers to help provide funding for materials, events and learning opportunities our children would otherwise have to do without.

Question: What is our financial goal?
Answer: We hope to raise $15,000 for the PTSA budget this year.

Question: How is the money spent?
Answer: Money earned from the Walk-A-Thon will be used to provide funding for opportunities our children would otherwise have to do without, including:

  • Accelerated Reader tests
  • Library books
  • Creative enrichment programs
  • Chess Club, Softball Team, Drama Club, etc.

Question: What happens if it rains on the day of the Walk-A-Thon?
Answer: We sure hope it won’t! However, in Seattle we have to be prepared for anything! If rain is in the forecast, please send along a raincoat and hat. You might want to put a pair of dry socks in your child’s backpack for after the walk.

Question: Who participates in the Walk-A-Thon?
Answer: Everyone! Everyone walks. Every student gets a FREE cool Husky Hike T-shirt. If you do not want your child to walk with their class for the 45 minutes on the day of the Walk-A-Thon, you will be able to opt out.

Question: How can parents participate?
Answer: Join in on the festivities and come out to cheer on your child. There are also a ton of volunteer opportunities available. Look for information on volunteer opportunities in your parent pack and on the Gregory Heights PTSA website. We are also looking for more raffle items. Each time a student brings in $30 in pledge money, he or she will be entered into a raffle. We are looking for raffle items valued at $10 – $20 if you have anything you can donate.

Question: How much should my child raise?
Answer: Our goal is for 100% student participation; however, it is up to you and your family how much money is raised. All donations are appreciated and put to good use. If every student earns $30, the Walk-A-Thon will raise over $15,000 – WOW!

Question: How are pledges collected?
Answer: SAFETY FIRST! Parents, make sure your child knows his/her geographic boundaries or other house rules. If you have a Gregory Heights sweatshirt or t-shirt, have your child wear it to identify him/herself as a Gregory Heights student. Collect money only from friends, family and neighbors that you know.

Question: How do I double my donation without it costing me anything?
Answer: Many corporation and companies offer matching funds to employees for non-profit donations. Please list on the pledge envelope who your employer is and we will check to see if they provide matching funds, or check with your employer to see if this program is available at your workplace. This is a way for you to double your donation without it costing you anything – it’s a HUGE opportunity for our school!

Question: Who do I contact for more information?
Answer: Email Denise Sagmoen or Lori Box

Health and Safety Tips:

  • Footwear: PLEASE send your child in appropriate footwear. The kids will be walking for 45 minutes straight and need comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.
  • First Aid: A First Aid station will be set up and staffed at the Walk-A-Thon. Water stations will be available during the event.
  • Snacks: Healthy snacks will be provided while the kids are walking.
  • Supervision: Parent volunteers, along with Gregory Heights staff, will be responsible for supervising students. We hope you all can make it. It will be a fun day, and the kids will really appreciate you being there to cheer them on!

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