The OLM School Walkathon, which was held on Thursday, October 11, raised over $10,400, which will be used towards special projects throughout the school.
Students in Grades Pre-K through 2 walked just under a mile around the immediate church/school property while the older students did a two mile walk down Post Road, to Cedar and Kenyon Roads and then back to OLM via First Avenue.
Students collected pledges from family and friends, with prizes being awarded to the top pledge-earners in each grade. Mrs. Kidd’s Third Grade Class was the lucky recipient of a pizza party for raising the most money in pledges.
Paws, the mascot from the Pawtucket Red Sox, was happy to give the students high fives before they set off on their walk. Upon returning to school, students were treated to an outdoor awards assembly with music and some impromptu dancing with DJ Dawn Bothelo. A grand prize raffle drawing was held with four lucky winners receiving Family Packs to either the PawSox or PC Friars Basketball.
Funds raised each year by the OLM PTG, from events like the Walkathon and the annual Spring Fling Auction, are used for various enrichment opportunities like the Art Masters Program, award-winning Science Olympiad Team, robotics, CAL sports and more.
This past summer, technology upgrades in the form of interactive white boards were brought into four classrooms. In addition, teachers in Grades K-5 are now incorporating innovative, hands-on science kits into their curriculums, again, thanks to funds raised by the OLM Parent Teacher Group.