Students walk for academics and charity

Hundreds of students and staff walked 1.2 miles around the school and parish grounds of Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton during its fourth annual Saints Walkathon on Friday, Oct. 14.

A majority of the proceeds from the walk will go towards supporting and enhancing the nonprofit Catholic school’s academic program.

“The funds raised will aid our efforts to provide 21st-Century learning standards and nurture, educate and prepare the young people in our community to live in a global world,” said Principal Stan Steele.

Ten percent of the money will be donated to local food banks, said walkathon chairperson Joanne Salageanu.

“What better way to teach ‘service above self’ to our children than to encourage them to support both their school and their community,” she said.

The walkathon is named in honor of All Saints Day. To reinforce the school’s objective of "service above self,” each grade chose a saint to represent and learned about their life and good works in the weeks leading up to the walkathon.

The school’s fund-raising goal is $15,000. As of Oct. 15, students raised more than $7,000.

If the school raises $16,000, Steele and Father Reggie Norman have agreed to wear chicken costumes and do the chicken dance for the entire school.

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