Christopher Columbus High School held its 24th annual fundraiser, Walkathon, on Friday, October 14, 2016. Walkathon is a student-centered fundraiser in which students need to bring $80 or more and are encouraged to buy snacks, and drinks in class and all around campus.
“I feel that Walkathon is a fun way to get the money we need in order to advance the school,” says Columbus sophomore, Joseph Quintero.
Columbus uses all the money they obtain from the students and teachers to improve the classrooms, sports facilities, and the students’ education. Some improvements that were made to the school last year were the state of the art weight room, one of the only turf baseball fields in the state, and the new Mas building. Brother Kevin and Mr. Pugh are only looking for bigger and better advancements this year.
“We are still seeing our options but we definitely want to make bigger bleachers on the football field and more adjustments in the classroom,” says Columbus Principal, David Pugh.
Besides getting improvements on and off the field, the students have the opportunity to get four days off including the Monday after Superbowl Sunday. However this can only be achieved if the school’s goal of $150,000 is reached. Awards and prizes are also given to students in a raffle to entice students to bring more money. The more money students bring in during Walkathon gives students more raffle tickets towards the bigger prizes, and this leads to better odds of winning those prizes. Most kids are striving to become PokeMaster’s this year, which requires students to bring in $120 and allows them to participate in challenges such as arm-wrestling and push-up contests.
However, what made this Walkathon different than year’s past was the theme. This year’s theme of Pokemon, mixed in with a little Harambe, the gorilla that was fatally shot in the Cincinnati Zoo, was well-received by students. “It is cool that they made the shirt about a cool meme from the summer. I felt it really appealed to the students,” says Columbus sophomore, Mario Pino.
After a successful 24th year of Walkathon, students get ready to open their textbooks once again while planning for the big 25th anniversary of Walkathon begins.
With contributions by Sebastian Valdes-Denis, Arthur Falconi, Caden Whelpley, Joey Fernandez, and Kori Santiago