With the goal of raising funds for playground updates and positive school climate activities, the Manawa Elementary PTO organized the 2nd Annual Wolf Walk. The walk took place on Friday, Sept. 21 at the Manawa Activity Complex.
Tori Wepner, PTO chair, said between the business sponsors to the PTO parents secured and the money the students raised, the Wolf Walk raised more than $9,000. The Wolf Walk in 2011 raised more than $5,000.
Grades 4K through sixth grade participated in the fundraiser. Sandy Piechowski Cordes, agricultural education teacher and FFA advisor, organized high school students to help during the event.
“I appreciate the opportunity for our high school students to volunteer at the 2nd Annual wolf Walk and realized the impact they can have as role models in our school and community,” Cordes said. “New this year was using beads to mark the laps the students completed, which will be tallied in their classes at the elementary school this week. There are lots of leadership lessons today, plus exercise, art, math, science, agriculture and more. The PTO is a stellar organization that creates positive experiences for the Manawa School District.”
“I enjoyed cheering and walking and high-fiving the awesome kids,” said Erin Cady, who volunteered during the event.
“I had a lot of fun and wouldn’t mind doing it again,” said Nick Johnson. “I enjoy working with all the kids.”
I walked around the track with the younger kids, gave them high-fives and helped them get fired up,” Rachel Hemingson added. “It made me feel good to help and I had a lot of fun volunteering.”