Students at Memorial Drive Elementary walked almost 10,000 laps recently to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In all, $10,450 was raised by the school community to help find a cure for this genetically inherited chronic disease.
From Sept. 30 through Oct. 14, Memorial Drive Elementary students held a walk-a-thon during recess on the campus track to support all children with Cystic Fibrosis, including one Memorial Drive student. On Friday, Oct. 14, parents joined children on the track walk-a-thon.
During a kickoff assembly, students learned the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a generically inherited disease that occurs about once in every 2,500 live births. In the United States, it affects about 30,000 children and adults.
The disease causes the body to make thick, sticky mucus which tends to causes problems with breathing (lungs) and digestion. People with CF often have breathing treatments daily and will take special medicine before eating.
Students used pledge forms to request donations for track laps completed during recess. Teachers helped maintain records. Certificates with the number of laps completed was compiled and later sent home with each student at the end of the 10 days of walking.
When tallied, Memorial Drive students had walked a total of 9,115 laps for a 10-day average of 22 laps per student. A total of $10,450 was donated to the CF Foundation. Students won on two levels: The raised funds for research to solve a chronic disease and they benefited personally by walking
The campus School Health Advisory Committee planned and coordinated fund-raising events.