Race raises more than $12,000

PLYMOUTH — The second and third grade students at St. Michael Catholic School were out in full force for their turn in the fifth annual Race for Education Thursday.
Clad in tie dyed T-shirts, the sweating children were on a mission to raise money for their school — and to have fun doing it.
“I got 32 punches!” said second-grader Owen Bockman, proudly holding up his punch card. “That’s three miles.”
Even temperatures in the 80s doesn’t curb the enthusiasm of the group. The students ran or walked around the school, individually for the more competitive or in groups of friends for the others. At the end of each circuit, they receive a punch on the score card hanging around their neck. Each trip around the building is approximately 1/10 of a mile, and a water station and plenty of staff are on hand for support and supervision.
Students at St. Michael have been preparing for this year’s Race for Education — the school’s major fundraiser — for several months. They sent letters of support to their families, friends, and neighbors, asking them to donate money for their efforts. The goal is to raise $20,000, and this year the event has already raised more than $12,000.
“This initial part of the race gives the students an opportunity to practice their language arts skills,” said principal Trudy Nawara. “The running or walking strengthens their physical education skills. This is a day the students look forward to and a day for the teachers and staff to get their exercise.”
All the students at St. Michael are involved in the race, taking different time slots depending on grade level.
“We have 100 percent participation from the parents and students,” said Nawara.