The theme of this year's walkathon, “Soar to New Heights," was submitted by 4th graders Tierna Moore and Allison Carr. The event T-shirts display a design created by 8th-grader Danalyn Roncolato.
The walkathon relies on the generosity of local businesses and the family and friends of St. Ann students who donate to the fundraiser. About 70 percent of the money raised for this event comes from students' efforts, the release says. Students can win prizes based on how much money they raise.
The top three student fundraisers will receive:
- 1st prize: A limousine ride from school.
- 2nd prize: An e-reader.
- 3rd prize: Carmike movie tickets, Red Robin and Fuzziwigs Candy Shop gift cards.
The top two classes in terms of fundraising totals will receive a pizza party.
Walkathon day begins with a student body Mass, followed by a school photo and the walk to the Rodale track. The Allentown Central Catholic Viking and Vikette mascots will be leading the walk.
Then, joined by their teachers and numerous parents, students walk a designated distance in recognition of donations received. After returning to school, a family picnic, featuring Potts Hot Dogs and a variety of traditional picnic foods will be held.
Participants will be treated to a special dessert after lunch, thanks to a donation of Italian ice by Rita’s.
There are special activities planned following the walk, including a Parkette’s Gymnastics exhibition and interactive sessions with Lehigh Valley Martial Arts.
The day ends with students gathering in the St. Ann gym for prize winners to be announced.
Walkathon day schedule:
9 a.m. Mass
10 a.m. Student body walkathon photo
10:15 a.m. Walk kicks off
10:45 - 11 a.m. Younger children finish walk and begin to return to school
11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Older children finish walk and return to school
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Activities include:
- Interactive sessions with Lehigh Valley Martial Arts
- Parkette’s Gymnastics exhibition
- Educational session with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Birds
- Face painting and arts and crafts in the gym
- DJ- dancing and games
- T-shirt signing stations
- Visit from Red Robin’s mascot ‘RED’, and Menchie’s Mascot
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch - Each grade will be assigned a specific time for lunch.
2:15 p.m. Students assemble in gym for raffles and announcement of prize winners