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Zephyr Cove Elementary holds annual walk-a-thon

Tribune staff report

Students at Zephyr Cove Elementary School (ZCES) participated in the school's fifth annual walk-a-thon last Thursday, Oct. 2 to raise funds necessary to support school activities. The walk-a-thon represents approximately 20 percent of the Parent Club budget and helps to support school programs — including field trips and class projects.

"This is a great chance for the students to take part in fundraising and practice healthy habits at same time," said ZCES principal Nancy Cauley.

With school enrollment up almost 10 percent this year, the funds raised from the event are well-needed and will support a new "place-based" education focus at ZCES. This focus immerses children in the ecology and history of the Lake Tahoe Basin through hands-on projects, special programs and field trips.

The event was delayed two weeks because of smoke from local forest fires, but the delay did not dampen the enthusiasm of the 185 students that participated nor did it prevent more than 30 parent volunteers from coming out to help. Cauley noted many new faces this year and was excited by the turnout, noting that several parents and many of the staff also participated in the event by walking and running with the students.

The ZCES walk-a-thon is held on the field across from Zephyr Cove Elementary and overlooks Lake Tahoe and Zephyr Cove, with each lap representing one-twelfth of a mile. With such a beautiful location, one would think that the parents and kids would take a break and enjoy the view — but stopping was uncommon during the two-hour event, and at least five students surpassed the 100-lap mark (more than 8 miles).

The event was also the first chance for ZCES to use its newly purchased public address system acquired by grant funds from the American Century Championship and the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. The fun atmosphere of this event was evident with the comments of first grade student Logan DeBaun.

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"That's 50 laps," he told the volunteer parents jumping up and down.

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