The Meyersdale Area Elementary School started the 2019-2020 school year on the “right step,” with the 2nd Annual Walk-a-Thon on September 27.

Hosted by the Meyersdale Area Elementary Educational Boosters, this event raised more than $13,000 in its first year and volunteers are confident this year will prove just as successful!

Students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade will be accepting sponsors for their efforts, as well as flat donations. Students in kindergarten and first grade will have 30 minutes to walk as many half-laps as they can. Older students, those in second through fifth grade, will have one hour to complete as many full laps as they are capable. The top earner from each grade will be treated to lunch with MAES Principal Pritts. Organizers have a set a fundraising goal of $10,000. If this goal is met, all students will receive an ice cream treat.

Money raised through sponsorship and/or donations will directly benefit students through the many programs and activities sponsored and supported by the boosters. These activities and events include: field trips, assemblies, Santa’s Store, summer family activities, playground projects, classroom supplies and much more. The Walk-a-Thon replaces traditional fundraisers held in the past.

“With our previous fundraiser, we had less than 50% participation, but with our walk, 63% of our students turned in pledges.”

Devin Pritts, MAES Principal, said last year’s event was a highlight of the school year for students and staff alike. He is confident that same level of enthusiasm and excitement will be enjoyed this year as well!

“The amount of money raised is a true testament to how our community continues to support our students,” Pritts added. “The Educational Boosters are truly appreciative of all the support students received.”