Sand Creek students take stroll for a good cause

Students at Sand Creek Elementary School, Coon Rapids, took a stroll in the sun the morning of May 31.

Second-grade students leave Sand Creek Elementary School, Coon Rapids, the morning of May 31 to walk to Lions Coon Creek Park for some activities and lunch, then walk back to the school, a three-mile round trip. The annual Sand Creek Stroll involved all 750 students at the school as a fundraiser for technology improvements at Sand Creek.

Second-grade students leave Sand Creek Elementary School, Coon Rapids, the morning of May 31 to walk to Lions Coon Creek Park for some activities and lunch, then walk back to the school, a three-mile round trip. The annual Sand Creek Stroll involved all 750 students at the school as a fundraiser for technology improvements at Sand Creek.

It was the 10th annual Sand Creek Stroll involving all 750 kids at the school and was a fundraiser to pay for technology improvements at Sand Creek.

Accompanied by teachers and parent volunteers, students made the walk to and from Lions Coon Creek Park, a distance of three miles, at staggered times by grade level, starting at 9:15 a.m.

At the park they took part in grade-specific activities and then ate lunch before walking back to the school, according to Principal Paul Anderson.

“We did not want all 750 students in the park at the same time,” Anderson said.

This was the 10th year of the Sand Creek Stroll and students collected pledges for the walk.

The stroll was called “I Walk for iPads,” Anderson said.

The money raised from the pledges will be used to purchase more iPads for the school, he said.

“Currently we have some iPads for the teachers that were purchased by the school district, but none can be accessed by students,” Anderson said.

The goal is to buy enough iPads to create a mobile cart that can be rotated among teachers and classrooms, according to Anderson.

Funds raised from past strolls have been used to purchase a set of 32 laptop computers, a climbing wall, the Matrix playground apparatus, interactive whiteboards, LCD projectors for every classroom and document cameras for classrooms, Anderson stated on the school website.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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