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Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy Hopes to Raise $45k in One Day

The annual book character walkathon returns in person!

students dressed in halloween costumes run underneath balloon arch
Students made their way around the outdoor field and through the balloon arch.

ALEXANDRIA, VA–On Monday, Oct. 31, the Lyles Crouch Traditional Academy held its annual walkathon fundraiser. For approximately a decade, the students have been adorning the attire of their favorite book characters and walking around the outdoor activities field in hopes of raising money for their school.

a male teacher walks with female student, both in halloween costumes
The teachers coordinated as the Ghostbusters.

Dinosaurs and wizards and witches and demagorgons and Dr. Suess characters and ghostbusters abounded.

a young girl dressed as the Queen of Hearts runs and holds up seven fingers indicating how many laps she has run
Parents could pledge per lap or sponsor a student for a flat fee.

Principal Dr. Patricia Zissios stated, “We have a DJ helping them with their laps by playing inspirational music to keep them moving. We have a big balloon arch for them to run through. The children all have numbered bibs, and they get to take a group ohto on the front steps. Everyone is just having a good time.”

a woman dressed up as Dr. Suess's The Lorax holds up a peace sign
Even parents joined in on the character fun. This mom was The Lorax.

Parents and businesses are welcome to sponsor a student for a flat fee, or make a pledge-per-lap donation. Taking these pledges to heart, the students raced around the field as fast as they could, showing no signs of slowing, until their period was up.

a girl in a dinosaur costumes runs on a field
Students’ costumes did not hold them back from running their hearts out.

Each grade level had the chance to run for funds during their 45-minute Encore period. The funds are allocated towards an array of school activities, such as field trips, assemblies, regular programming, filling the book vending machine, and more.

A Lyles Crouch teacher and student run outdoors in halloween costumes

The fundraising goal this year is $45,000. The PTA donation portal is also open year-round.

[SEE ALSO: New Vending Machine at Lyles Crouch Dispenses Books Instead of Candy]

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