On April 17, 362 Saint Simon Parish School students, plus parents, teachers and parish staff walked, jogged and sprinted their way around Saint Francis High School’s track to raise money for the school’s financial aid program and campus technology upgrades. The annual “Surf the Turf” Walk-A-Thon, established in 2000, is the school’s biggest community event of the year and included a memorable afternoon of community building and fun with a gourmet BBQ, DJ, prizes, and more.
A variety of incentives and prizes were offered to student walkers, including free dress for top participating classes, a special dinner or movie with friends, and a custom Walk-A-Thon day pizza party for first graders and their eighth grade buddies.
After the results were tallied students walked an amazing total of 6,034 laps, consumed over 350 Baskin Robbins ice cream scoops, and raised more than $37,000! Top award winners include the Golden Shoe Award for the most laps walked (Matthew Fry, grade 4), and most money raised (Zachary Wong, kindergarten).
“Everyone had a great time raising money for our school and it was fun to see parish and school staff there supporting our school as well,” said Co-Chairs Gloria Turner and Melissa Phillips.