Gladwyne Elementary School recently hosted their annual Walkathon Fundraiser as students and staff gathered to walk laps around the field while raising funds for Lower Merion School District's buildOn Trek Program.
The Walkathon began with a school-wide morning meeting as Gladwyne welcomed two members of the buildOn Trek Program - Lower Merion High School senior Allyson Greenberg and Harriton High School sophomore Emily Glazer – who spoke with students about buildOn, the importance of service and their recent life-changing experience of building a school in San Pablo, Nicaragua.
buildOn's mission is to break to the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education by empowering youth to transform their neighborhoods through intensive community service and to change the world by building schools in some of the economically poorest countries on the planet.
Over the past eight years, the District's Trek programs have raised more than $750,000 to construct ten schools in rural, impoverished villages in Haiti, Nicaragua, Malawi, and Nepal, while providing tens of thousands of hours of service locally at projects like tutoring at Bethel Academy; delivering food to families-in-need; cleaning and beautifying parks; working with shelter children; feeding the homeless; volunteering their time with The Hearth, American DanceWheels, Emily's Entourage, the Buonicanti Fund and JCHAI; supporting community events; and many more.
Following the presentation, Greenberg and Glazer joined Gladwyne students and staff as they made their way to the field to begin their walk. Students enjoyed the beautiful weather while walking, jogging and sprinting around the field in support of buildOn.