Final totals aren’t in yet, but the 9th annual Emporia Middle School Walkathon will be a record year.
Organizer Christy Dragonas tells KVOE News that previously collected donations and a silent auction managed to bring in more than $18,194 before the event ever began. She says the goal for this year’s event was around $20,000 and she is very confident they will at least get near that total once all funds are counted.
Dragonas says along with raising money for several local causes, their students also receive an important lesson in helping others. She says those lessons often stay with them long after they leave middle school.
Dragonas took time to thank the entire USD 253 family for its support calling the walkathon a “complete team effort.”
All proceeds will go to benefit Food For Students, Street Cats Club , Habitat for Humanity, Camp Alexander and the Emporia Baby Closet as chosen by the students of EMS. Final totals are currently pending.
Last year’s event managed to raise just over $18,000 and prior to Friday’s walk, the event had generated more than $80,000 in funds since its inception.