Bel Air Elementary students walk-a-thon raises $12,000

It may have looked like they were on strike, but the Bel Air Elementary School students marching down Main Street Thursday afternoon carrying hand-written signs were doing anything but.

The students were taking part in a walk-a-thon to raise money, which garnered about $12,000, Principal Dyann Mack announced to the students gathered outside after the walk. The news generated cheers and screams from the crowd of kids.

PTA president Shane Burke said the school first tried the walk-a-thon last year, when it brought in nearly $14,000, allowing the school to buy new computer equipment.

"It was a huge, huge success for us last year," Burke said, adding it gives students the chance to get a little exercise and show some school spirit.

"It was just something different," he said. "It was just a fun event."

Students created costumes, posters and skits, ultimately taking a walk around the block chanting and singing.

After last year's event had to be held inside because of rain, "it was nice to have it outside because they could yell at the top of their lungs," Burke said.

This year's money will probably mostly go toward technology as well, he said, and will also benefit the school's field trips and assemblies.

Meg Lurz was another key organizer of the walk-a-thon, and many PTA volunteers made it possible.

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