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Patwin invites community to walkathon Saturday

By April 25, 2011

Patwin Elementary School will hold its sixth annual walkathon Saturday. The walkathon is the school’s primary fundraiser and organizers hope to collect $15,000 this year.

“It’s a great opportunity for students, teachers, staff and their families to come together to support our school,” said Grace DeMasi, event chairwoman. “Every year it just gets bigger and better.”

The walkathon, called “Rock the Walk,” will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Patwin, 2222 Shasta Drive. Walkers will loop a quarter-mile course that takes them from campus to the Arroyo Pool area and back. On campus will be a silent auction and cakewalk, as well as a variety of entertainment.

The Cal Aggie Marching Band-uh, Music Matt, the Davis High School Madrigals, Baciarini’s Martial Arts Demonstration Team and Rock Band University are scheduled to perform.

All proceeds will be routed through the school’s PTA to directly support Patwin students.

“There are so many crucial services that wouldn’t happen without these funds,” said Leslie Blevins, co-president of the Patwin PTA.

For example, money raised will help provide a technology cart for each classroom. Currently, only a handful of classrooms have the carts, which aid teachers in presenting curriculum in a more interactive way.

“It engages students to participate in whatever they’re learning,” said Kellie Sequeira, a fourth-grade teacher at Patwin who regularly uses a technology in her classroom. “It’s less dry; it’s motivating.”

Walkathon funds also help fill gaps in the budget for PTA-sponsored programs, such as the music-education series BRAVO. “Every little amount helps,” Blevins said.

While the event is primarily for the students and their families, DeMasi said anyone can come walk, enjoy the festivities and hang out with the Patwin crowd.

“It’s as much about building our Patwin community as it is about raising money,” she said.

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

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