With childhood obesity on the rise, selling chocolate bars and cookie dough didn’t seem to fit as fund-raisers for Rocky Hill Elementary.

Instead, the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization decided to get the students moving toward a goal of healthier activities, healthier snacks and providing a healthy fund for the PTO. This Saturday, Sept. 28 Rocky Hill’s PTO will hold its 4th annual Walk-A-Thon from 8:15 a.m. to noon at the school. Cindy Hogan, co-chair of the Walk-A-Thon, said not only is the Walk-A-Thon the biggest fund-raiser of the year for the PTO, it is the only fund-raiser.

“We wanted to do something that would be healthier than selling candy,” Hogan said. “So four years ago we decided on this event and it has been a great success.”

Hogan said the money raised by the event will pay for field trips for every grade level. She said traditionally the money has paid for third graders to go to Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, brought special activities to campus for a History Day for fourth graders and sent fifth graders to SCICON in Springville.

“This is the first year of having K-3 graders on campus so we aren’t sure what we will be doing for their activities yet,” Hogan said. Because of the age gap of the new K-5 alignment, Hogan said the Walk-A-Thon will be staggered so each grade walks at a different time. Students will be provided bottled water by Culligan Water Conditioning and healthy snacks by Nutrition Network during the event. Students who raise the most money will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Hogan said donations of all kinds – including money, prizes for the students, etc. – will be accepted up until the day of. For more information or to make a donation, call Cindy Hogan at 594-6865.

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