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Nevada Union High school hosts school-wide walkathon Friday

Emily Lavin
Staff Writer

Nevada Union High School students are pounding the pavement to raise money for their school.

The high school will cap off homecoming week by hosting its first-ever all-school walkathon on Friday morning. At around 9:30 a.m., the school’s more than 1,600 students will don specially-printed T-shirts and hit the road for an approximately 2.25-mile walk.

Their route will take them down Hughes Road, where they’ll turn left on East Main Street and continue down Sierra College Drive. They’ll end up back on campus, where they’ll finish the activity with a barbecue lunch, as well as games and activities sponsored by nonprofit New Events & Opportunities, or NEO, on the school’s field.

Each student at the school was encouraged to raise $200 in support of the walk. All the funds collected are set to go back into the school.

About 40 percent of the money raised will go toward funding classroom projects and instructional materials; the rest will go toward student enrichment, technology, funds for the school’s Associated Student Body and staff and student incentives.

But the fundraising is just part of the walkathon’s goal, said Nevada Union Principal Dan Frisella.

“We looked at this as an opportunity to do something together as an entire school,” he said.

Frisella said the school drew its inspiration for the event from San Francisco’s Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory School, which has put on a walkathon fundraiser for the past 26 years. Nevada Union’s athletic department held a walkathon last year; this year, the entire student body was asked to participate.

“It’s about trying to start a tradition that we can look forward to at homecoming every year,” Frisella said.

Although the walkathon takes place Friday, any community member who would like to donate to the walkathon can do so through October by sending cash or a check payable to Nevada Union High School to the campus, or by visiting nuwalkathon.org.

Frisella said he appreciates the community’s support for the fundraiser. He added that school-wide activities help enrich to the school’s culture, and give students a sense of ownership over their experience at Nevada Union.

“My hope is they can walk away knowing that they contributed to the school in a positive way,” Frisella said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email elavin@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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