Walk-A-Thon raises over $15,000 for Stepney School

Stepney Elementary School students logged 732.4 miles in this year's Walk-A-Thon.

MONROE, CT — Stepney Elementary School’s physical education classes walked around the Stepney loop for 30 minutes each during the annual Walk-A-Thon, held the week of Oct. 10, when all families were welcome to show their support.

The fundraiser exceeded the school’s goal of raising $15,000 to support field trips, cultural arts events, teacher mini-grants and other initiatives that enrich the Stepney School community. 

Principal Ashley Furnari praised P.E. teacher Bryan Dias and the Stepney PTO for working together to organize this year’s Walk-A-Thon. On Oct. 21, the entire school completed a final loop to celebrate the success of the event, according to Furnari.

Sparky, the Stepney School mascot, cheers for students during a celebration lap for this year’s Walk-A-Thon.

“Our school mascot Sparky joined the event to cheer on the children,” she said. “The positive energy that filled the school loop put smiles on everyone’s faces. This was a perfect conclusion to an amazing community event.”

Students cheered upon hearing their school exceeded its fundraising goal, Furnari said, adding, “they cheered again when they learned that students moved for a grand total of 732.4 miles!”

The principal for a day and the P.E. teacher for a day were announced and one student from each grade was awarded a Fitbit, Furnari said.

“As a school community, they had a fun, exciting and successful two weeks,” she said. “The Walk-A-Thon provided students an opportunity to be active and raise money for their school.”

Furnari shared photos from the Walk-A-Thon:

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