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Fun run raises money to help school

CHAMPLAIN - Running not only provided a healthy activity for the students at Mooers Elementary School, it also helped raise money for school events.

On Nov. 7, 25 students from the school ran or walked as many laps as they could at the Northeastern Clinton High School track, raising an estimated $1,600.

"We would have loved more response, but we had a rash of illnesses," explained Jennifer Judkins, a member of the Mooers Elementary Parent Teacher Partnership, the committee that planned the fun run. "For that fact I think we did really well."

The partnership, which aims to "promote and help the relationship between parents, and faculty/staff" at Mooers Elementary, brainstormed ideas to raise money at the end of the last school year.

"[We were] just looking for a different fundraiser," Judkins explained. "Something different than catalogue sales or something like that."

Judkins added the school is putting an emphasis on health and eating right.

"We just got to thinking about it and wondered could ... we help out with that."

Earlier this school year, students asked for donations from people if they made the commitment to participate in the fun run, with the top seller receiving a donated bicycle.

"Everybody at least did one lap," said Judkins. "Even the kindergarteners did one lap. We were surprised, but they did. They did an excellent job."

At the event, Northeastern Clinton Central School cross country team and coach David Kokes worked out with the participating students and discussed why they like to run.

"They then came and helped the kids with warm ups and actually ran with the kids," said Judkins. "The Mooers students really seem to enjoy them there."

With the money raised, the PTP will aim to bring activities to the school, including literacy nights and square dancing. The group also provides equipment, supplies and other resources for the classrooms, which will help the students.

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