Barryton students walk, raise funds

WALK-A-THON: Barryton Elementary students spent Wednesday walking or running around the soccer field after completing a fundraiser, which earned more than $1,500 for the local American Legion. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

WALK-A-THON: Barryton Elementary students spent Wednesday walking or running around the soccer field after completing a fundraiser, which earned more than $1,500 for the local American Legion. (Pioneer photos/Meghan Haas)

BARRYTON — Barryton Elementary students, sporting their red, white and blue attire, walked or ran laps around the soccer field on Wednesday for the school’s first Stars and Stripes Walk-A-Thon.

ON THE MOVE: Barryton Elementary student Jake Snider runs around the field wearing a military vest. Snider and other students each wore a card with the name of a local fallen military member written on it.

ON THE MOVE: Barryton Elementary student Jake Snider runs around the field wearing a military vest. Snider and other students each wore a card with the name of a local fallen military member written on it.

The walk was a fun conclusion to a fundraiser the school hosted.

“We do fundraisers for supplies and field trips, and this time we wanted to do something for someone else,” said Jennifer Huffman, Barryton Elementary teacher and walk coordinator. “We decided to do something for our community. The Walk-A-Thon raised money for our local American Legion.”

Each student walking around the field was given a card. The names of Michigan’s armed forces members who were killed in action and in which conflict were written on the cards. After each lap around the field, students received a sticker to decorate their cards with.

“This also is in honor of Memorial Day,” Huffman said.

SHARING A LAUGH: Barryton students (from left) Kirstin Sherman and Elaina Werner laugh while they take another lap around the field.

SHARING A LAUGH: Barryton students (from left) Kirstin Sherman and Elaina Werner laugh while they take another lap around the field.

Huffman planned the patriotic walk for her class and it quickly became a school-wide event, she said. At the time of the event, students raised more than $1,500 to donate to the American Legion, which is currently renovating its building.

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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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