Walking for Ronald

Chants of “Kids helping kids” echoed through the parking lot of Wapakoneta Elementary School Friday as students participated in the school’s annual Ronald’s Walk — a culmination of a year’s worth of events and fundraisers that will benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Dayton.

“It’s just a good way to support Ronald’s House and to help kids who are sick and their parents who need to stay with them,” third-grader Maiah Herzog said of the walk. “It’s just a nice thing to do for other people.”

The Ronald McDonald House provides shelter and accommodations for families of sick children that must travel to a different city or state to get treated. WES students have been donating to the organization for the past six years. 

Prior to Friday’s walk, students received donations from friends, family and members of the community. Those who donated were considered sponsors for the student or students they gave money to. 

Throughout the year, students and teachers raised money in other ways. Teachers worked shifts at the Wapakoneta McDonalds and were given a percentage of the profits, first-graders made crayons and sold them and there was a dance-a-thon held for all students, as well as several other fundraisers that transpired this school year. 

Another fundraising effort was through the collection of aluminum tabs. So far this year, the school has collected 2,992,256 tabs. 

For the full story, see the Saturday, May 17 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.