Bristol families to walk instead of sell

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Bristol School families used to selling food items for the PTO’s major fundraiser will be asked to go for a walk instead.

Angie Nelson, PTA president, gave a report to the School Board Tuesday night about changing from a food sale fundraiser to a walkathon, modeled on a successful such event at Paris School.

Paris raised as much as $25,000 with its events, Nelson said.

The PTA is planning to hold the event Saturday, Sept. 26.

In a typical walkathon, people pledge money for particpants and pay based on how much they walk. The Paris event also has had other family fun activities included.

The PTA would seek corporate sponsors for the event, Nelson said. But most people would be off the selling hook.

“No one has to sell,” Nelson said.

The group would like to raise $25,000 with the new approach. The PTA has not in the past raised more than $16,000, Nelson said.

The new approach received some board support.

“I think the walkathon is a wonderful idea,” said board member Todd Becker, who said he personally “cringes” when a selling fundraiser comes home with his child.


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