Wolf Walk in Manawa
Event raises funds for school activities
By Holly Neumann
The Manawa Elementary School held their seventh annual Wolf Walk on Friday, Oct. 13, at the school.
“The Wolf Walk is the biggest fundraiser the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) does each year,” said Melissa Iverson, PTO chair. “All the students raise money donations or pledges for walking that is done at the Little Wolf JR/SR High School Track.”
During the walk, students earn red beads for each lap they walk and a black bead for every mile.
“While walking, there is music and healthy snacks and water is provided for all students,” Iverson said. “The students also earn prize drawing entries for various prizes that are on display in the school in the weeks leading up to the day of the walk.”
All staff and students also are provided with Wolf Walk T-shirts that are designed brand new each year.
Funds raised from the walk goes right back to the school.
“The money is used for a variety of things such as teacher reimbursements, field trips and fun activities,” she said. “The PTO strives to ensure that all classrooms are equipped with the necessary supplies and equipment so that the students can receive the best education possible.”
Iverson believes that the students look forward to this event every year.
“The unique thing about the Wolf Walk is that while it is put on by the Elementary School PTO, the high school is also highly involved in the success of the walk,” she said. “The high school band is always present and begins the walk each year by leading the first lap around the track. Other clubs and classes from the high school assist with various other things during the walk and it is something that they look forward to each year as well.”
This is the first year that Iverson has been involved.
“It involved a lot of planning and coordination between many people and it was a huge success,” she said. “Families came to walk with their students, parents volunteered their time to help and everyone looked happy. To see how this event turned out and how so many people came together was heartwarming.”