Sand Creek students take a stroll for reading

Sand Creek Elementary School students set out on the three-mile walk to Lions Coon Creek Park and back, raising $7,300 to improve the school’s book room collection at their ninth annual Sand Creek Stroll June 1.

The one and a half mile path students took to Lions Coon Creek Park wound through the woods and by the creek. Sand Creek Principal Paul Anderson said student participation in fund-raising for the stroll this year was higher than in previous years. Photo by Bethany Kemming

The one and a half mile path students took to Lions Coon Creek Park wound through the woods and by the creek. Sand Creek Principal Paul Anderson said student participation in fund-raising for the stroll this year was higher than in previous years. Photo by Bethany Kemming

The school’s book room collection is where teachers get their material for guided reading groups, separate from the school’s media center where students can check out books.

Sand Creek Principal Paul Anderson said that teachers were finding that their reading material had become out-dated. Students had frequently been saying they’d already read the titles they were assigned in guided reading groups.

“We wanted to get more titles and current titles this year,” Anderson said.

Anderson said this is the first time the proceeds from the stroll have not been used for technology.

In past years, the proceeds went to purchase laptop computers, a climbing wall, the Matrix playground apparatus, interactive whiteboards, LCD projectors and document cameras.

Students raised money for the stroll by asking for pledges from family and friends for the three-mile walk. Those donating could give a flat donation or give a pledge per mile.

This year’s student participation was higher than that in past years, with about half the students participating. In past years around 30 percent of students participated.

“We were pretty happy that half the students participated this year,” Anderson said.

Anderson said he encourages parents to choose one of their four large fund-raisers throughout the year to participate in that works for them so they can commit to one without being overwhelmed.

Aside from the stroll, the school also raises money through holiday fund-raisers, Happenings Entertainment book sales and fifth-grade Butter Braids sales.

“Sand Creek has a wonderful, supportive community that seems to step up and show up when it comes to fund-raisers,” Anderson said.

With Nancy Tester’s second-grade class leading the way, a grade left the school every 30 minutes, walking to Lions Coon Creek Park for games and lunch before heading back to school.

The one and a half mile path to the park took them along the creek, which many students enjoyed. Several students took notes about the insects and birds they saw along the way.

“I like that it’s quiet,” second-grader Sonja Waldal said.

Along the way students also passed by Sand Creek staff member Sue Leggate. Leggate has served as a crossing guard at the intersection of Olive Street and 121st Avenue for every single Sand Creek Stroll.

“I’ve always watched on the corner for them because it’s a busy corner. I’ve been there rain or shine,” Leggate said.

Leggate also serves as a crossing guard at Eisenhower Elementary School when it does its fund-raiser walk.

“It’s a great experience, Leggate said. “The kids get exercise and they get to raise money too.”

Bethany Kemming is at bethany.kemming@ecm-inc.com

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