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Burgess 'Jog-a-Thon' raises money for PTO

More than 900 Burgess Elementary School students took part in the annual Jog-a-Thon lasting from Tuesday, April 26, to Thursday, April 28. The event was organized by the Burgess Elementary PTO and raised $13,000. (click for larger version)
April 27, 2011
STURBRIDGE — More than 900 Burgess Elementary School students participated in this year's Jog-a-Thon as part of the Burgess Elementary PTO's fundraising attempt to bring in $13,000.

Some of them walked, others jogged, and a few sprinted, but everyone had a great time at the south field behind the school while parents and teachers cheered them on.

"The Jog-a-Thon has taken place annually at Burgess for at least 25 years — it's one of the longest running events at the school," said Burgess Elementary PTO President Wendy Lennon.

The event took place Tuesday through today, Thursday, April 28, during gym class periods, allowing every student to become involved. Students carried cards with them while they ran, and volunteers punched a hole in these cards each time the students completed a lap, then asked them if they needed a water break. It was nearly 70 degrees on Tuesday, making the students' accomplishments even more impressive. The boy and girl who ran the most laps in each grade will be honored at a medals ceremony in late May.

"Pledges were made based on laps or a flat rate," added Lennon. "This event is a great way to focus on physical activity and great sportsmanship while also raising funds for the school."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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