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Lafayette’s Annual Walk-A-Thon

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“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

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2019-20 Walk-A-Thon will be THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019.

What is the Lafayette Elementary Walk-A-Thon?

The Walk-A-Thon  is one of the primary PTA fundraising events of the school year. Students collect donations and pledges for the event and then walk laps around the school playground. Sponsors donate fixed amount donations or pledge to pay a certain amount per lap walked. It is a fun and festive event with family members welcome. 

When is the Walk-A-Thon?

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Where is the Walk-A-Thon?

Students will walk with their classmates for 30 minutes around an approximately 1/8 mile track set up on the playground. Preschool classes walk for 15 minutes. The event will be secure with both teachers and parent volunteers supervising the participants.

Why is there a Walk-A-Thon?

Limited public school funds cannot provide all of the programs and resources that we would like our children to have. Each year the Lafayette PTA holds fundraisers to help provide funding for materials, events, and learning opportunities.

How is the money spent?

Money earned from the Walk-A-Thon will be used to provide funding for positions and opportunities our students would otherwise have to do without, including:

  •  Classroom Tutors
  •  Scholarships
  •  Raz Kids & Dream Box
  •  Instrumental Music
  •  Enrichment Program
  •  Community Events
  •  Great Composer & Writers in the School
  •  Much, Much More!

What happens if it rains on the day of the Walk-A-Thon?

If rain is in the forecast, please send along a raincoat and hat and a change of clothes for after the walk.

Who participates in the Lafayette Walk-A-Thon?

Everyone walks! Students, teachers, staff, and even parents can walk. Every student gets a FREE cool Walk-A-Thon t-shirt! If you do not want your student to walk with their class for 30 minutes on the day of the Walk-A-Thon, then fill out the enclosed Opt-Out form and give it to your student’s teacher or send it to the school office.

How can parents participate?

There are many ways for YOU to volunteer; opportunities are available before, during, and after the event, from two-hour commitments to the whole day. Volunteering for the Walk-A-Thon is a GREAT way to meet other parents and get to know some of the students. Opportunities include:

  • Event Set Up
  • Lap Counting shifts Thursday, October 10.
  • Pledge Counting on Friday mornings at school (September 27 – October 18)
  • Class Helper-go in classroom, get kids ready, help hold their money.
  • Bake Sale- donate baked goods or help sell them to students at event
  • First Aid Station
  • Cheer Squad
  • Take Photos and send to
  • Clean Up/Take Down Crew

How much should my student raise?

There’s no fixed amount – the goal is for 100% student participation, to foster school pride, community and most of all to have fun. If every student raises $150, the Walk-A-Thon will raise over $60,000!

How are pledges collected?

Students can get their “Feet to the Street,” make phone calls, send emails, or share personalized online pledge links on social media! SAFETY FIRST! Please make sure your student knows their geographic boundaries or other house rules. If you have a Lafayette sweatshirt or Walk-A-Thon t-shirt from prior years and/or school lanyard if they have one, have your child wear them to identify him/herself as a Lafayette student. Collect money only from friends, family, and neighbors that you know. Respect those neighbors who do not wish any form of solicitation at their door. Each week, Walk-A-Thon Envelopes are collected in class by 8:15am for pledge counting. Envelopes will be returned no later than Friday afternoon so you can go out and collect more pledges!


Can pledges be made online?

Yes! You can make pledges online here.


Can I pledge a set amount and give it to you now?

Yes!  Both on-line and envelope collection methods allow collecting for set amount pledges or donations and per lap pledges.

Can I pledge per lap and turn in my donation after the event?

Yes!  Both on-line and envelope collection methods allow for per lap pledging and set amount pledges or donations.

How do I maximize my donation without it costing me anything?

Many corporations and companies generously match the donations that their employees make to non-profit entities like the Lafayette PTA. Taking advantage of a company’s matching gift program is a great way to increase one’s donation without it costing anything except a little time – it’s a HUGE opportunity for our school!

  • If a sponsor is employed, please have the sponsor show their employer’s name and provide the sponsor’s email address..
  • If the sponsor makes a flat pledge and knows that their employer matches charitable donations, please ask the sponsor to immediately initiate action to have the gift matched. Even better – submit a copy of the employee’s match request in the Walk-A-Thon envelope (e.g., a copy of the completed form, a copy of an email verification of the match request) and we’ll track that donation from start to finish!
  • If the employee of a matching gift company makes a per-lap pledge, we’ll follow up with you after the Walk-A-Thon to be sure that the sponsor submits a match request to their employer.
  • If the sponsor doesn’t know if their company has a matching gift program, don’t worry! We’ll check to see if one of your sponsors works for a matching funds company. We’ll be following up with you directly to provide any support you may need.

If a sponsor has any questions regarding matching funds, please have them contact their company’s Human Resources department or contact the Lafayette PTA directly at

Health and Safety Tips

Footwear: Please send your student in appropriate footwear. The kids will be walking for 30 minutes and need comfortable walking shoes or sneakers.

First Aid: A First Aid station will be set up and staffed at the Walk-A-Thon. Water will be available during the event.

Snacks: You can send a healthy snack if you think your student may want one, or there will be snacks available to purchase at the Bake Sale after your students walk time for a small $ donation.

Supervision: Volunteers, along with Lafayette Staff, will be responsible for supervising students.

PLEASE!   If rain is in the forecast, please send a change of clothing as well as dry socks and shoes. Returning to the classroom and focusing can be hard to do if students are wet, cold and uncomfortable.

Everyone Wins!

Weekly Prizes : The classroom that raises the most money each week will win a popcorn party in addition to the coveted “Golden Sneaker Award” to proudly display in their classroom for the entire week!

Event Day Prize : Everyone who participates in the Walk-A-Thon will receive a cool t-shirt, certificate of achievement and their very own “West Seattle Runner” cup!

Lafayette Movie Night – Friday, October 25: All participants and their families receive free admission to Lafayette Movie Night with a movie night treat! Pizza, treats, snacks and water will also be available for purchase.  Volunteer for Movie Night here.

Movie night is NOT a drop off event. All students must be ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT for the duration of the movie!

Grand Prizes!

Students who raise over $375: Ice Cream Daytime Party! Ice cream and toppings, time away from class and celebrate with other top donations collectors.

Teacher who walks the most laps: $50 restaurant gift card.

$25 Gift Certificate to Curious Kidstuff: Awarded to top students in each grade level with the highest number of laps.

Bowling Party for Student and five friends at West Seattle Bowl: Awarded to the student with the highest number of pledges AND to the student with the highest donation amount.

Every participating student receives a Certificate of Achievement with a record of their laps & a Free T-shirt![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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