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LADOGA — Elementary students lined up by grade Friday outside their Ladoga school, and when given the signal, took off in a mad dash.
The students, as well as some teachers, ran six full laps around the school as part of a Read and Run-a-thon event. Each student was given a medal and a bottle of water at the end of their race.
“This is our second year doing this at the school,” said third grade teacher Tammy McGaughey. “It encourages students to exercise and to give back to the community.”
As part of the event, students made cash donations to the Montgomery County United Fund and to Ladoga Elementary School. Students with the largest donations earned prizes.
“Students who donated $50 get to play kick ball with the school principle, and with $75 they get to have a pizza party and with $100 they get to have a movie night,” McGaughey said. “Last year we actually had the event in the spring time, but it was so cold.”
First grade teacher Kylene Gott was glad the event was moved to the fall, and welcomed the beautiful weather.