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Wellington Elementary students learn about pedestrian safety

  • Written by Karin Hopper

On Friday, October 18th, Wellington Elementary’s PTA held its annual Walk-a-Thon fundraiser. According to Jane Flaherty, their VP of fundraising, the school surpassed its fundraising goal of $21,000 and their principal, Big Bagnall, kept his promise to kiss a pig!

This annual Wellington fundraiser supports valuable PTA programs and services such as the school’s science club, their art docent program, "Helping Hands" service club, their theater program, enrichment scholarships, staff appreciation and legislative advocacy, to name a few.

This year Wellington partnered with "Safe Kids Eastside" to educate their students on pedestrian safety.

Crosswalk safety, awareness, using traffic signals, making eye contact with drivers and crossing with an adult are just some of the topics Safe Kids has shared with students through fact sheets. Event organizers honored the school’s safety patrol; thanking them for their role in keeping the student body safe. To underscore the importance of pedestrian safety, Wellington students entered the Walk-a-Thon field through a symbolic crosswalk, while PTA Safety Committee chair, Charlie MacLeod, encouraged crosswalk safety.

Immediately following the Walk-a-Thon, students and teachers were treated to apple slices generously supplied by CrunchPak. The following week classroom winners were honored with a popsicle party by Safeway.

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