St. John Neumann students participate in walkathon
Special to the TIMES NEWS St. John Neumann Regional School pupils stretch prior to the start of their recent Walkathon event.
St. John Neumann Regional School students recently took to the streets to raise funds for an important cause.
It turned out to be mission complete, as the students raised $11,000 through their participation in the school's 11th annual Walkathon.
Pupils in grades K-3 from the school's Slatington campus joined students from the school's Palmerton campus, to participate in the event.
The event began with a mass, followed by a kickoff prayer. Afterward, the students took part in a calisthenics workout courtesy of Kerri Jahelka, owner of Dedicated Fitness in Palmerton.
As part of their walk, the Slatington pupils took a path around the Palmerton Borough Park, as the Palmerton students walked through and around the town.
For their hard work, the students were treated to a pizza lunch from Mama's Pizza, in Slatington.
Afterward, the students received a presentation on conservation from the Lehigh Valley Zoo, which brought with them a handful of animals to tie in with the "Into the Wild" theme of the event.
That the students were able to raise as much as they proves the event was a rousing success, according to committee chair Chuck Cornmesser.
"We had a wonderful day," Cornmesser said. "And I would like to thank all the students, parents and business sponsors who help make it all possible."
Cornmesser said the funds that were raised through the event will be used to purchase textbooks, audio visual equipment and various other educational items.
The event is the Homeschool Association's top fundraiser of the year, Cornmesser said.