Westowne Elementary students walk to help typhoon victims in Philippines


On the day before Thanksgiving, during special area classes, every student at Westowne Elementary came together in the gymnasium to walk for a cause. Students participated in a walk-a-thon and raised money for those families who were affected by the recent typhoon that devastated the Philippines.

The school's administrative secretary, Swazetta Williams, felt compelled to do something for the people in the Philippines after seeing the news footage on television.

"My humanitarian side kicked in and I had to help," Williams said. "The character trait of the month for November has been citizenship. This is a great chance for the students to realize they are citizens of the world and that they need to help others. I'm so proud of all their efforts."


The students were given the choice of tracking the number of laps they completed during their walk time. Whether they walked 25 laps, 75 laps or more, the students enjoyed their time and helped others.

"This is a great opportunity for the students to get some exercise, help others and reflect on how fortunate they are," said Physical Education Teacher Gary Prem.

Spotlight submitted by Cheryl L. Johnson, library media specialist. Photos taken by Elizabeth Getsinger, technology integration teacher
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