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St. Francis hosts annual Walk-A-Thon

News 11 reporter Melissa Zaremba tells us how this motivates students to learn while getting exercise.

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY-TV) - For 15-years now St. Francis grade school has hosted its annual Walk- A-Thon.

“I'm really excited to walk around this whole school,” student Payton Rundle.

Students took pledges to go the extra mile with taking a few extra steps, literally. 

“It’s a yearly tradition that we do to promote health and to get the kids moving the whole getting outside and being active,” Historian at St. Francis Olga Chapman-Gonzales.

The goal is to walk as many laps as you can and students were up for the challenge. 

“We’ll shoot for the end of the card, 25,” said student Noah Flores.

In between laps there’s food, dancing, table booths, anything to keep them moving.

Having this walk a thon is super important because it keeps the kids active as well as raising money for their school.

Many public safety and first responders came out to support and teach the importance of public service.

“It’s kind of neat to get that promotion out there a lot of the kids don’t realize that public servants are here to help and give them that positive outlook in it that we aren’t always that scary,” said Chapman-Gonzales.

The Walk-A-Thon will be back next year and they hope to have an even bigger turnout. 

All the money raised from the Walk-A-Thon will go back to the school to keep enhancing student education.

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Melissa Zaremba

Melissa Zaremba joined KYMA in November 2021. Melissa is a weekday morning weathercaster and reporter.

She graduated from Arizona State University at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in May 2021, earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.

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