Walkathon nets $27k for Austin Catholic Schools

Published 6:53 am Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Austin Catholic Schools is giving credit to its students for raising enough money to surpass its annual Walkathon goal.

The event, held last Friday, garnered $27,000 for the schools; their goal this year was $25,000. The average student collected about $55 in pledges.

“I was really happy,” director Mary Holtorf said. “The students are the ones who really made the difference this time.

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“Usually, we set the goals so they are attainable,” she said.

Rain forced the Walkathon —scheduled to occur at Mill Pond — inside at Pacelli High School. This is the first time the Walkathon has been open to preschool through 12th grade students.

“The Walkathon has been a long-standing tradition at our school, and we primarily hold it as a celebration of our school,” said Holli Mayer, co-director of development. “This is a statewide Walkathon event for non-public education, and the official state Walkathon date is Saturday, Oct. 3. We try to schedule our Walkathon as close to this date as possible.””

The Walkathon raised $24,000 in 2008. Proceeds benefit the schools’ general fund.

Their biggest fundraiser each year is the Discovery Auction, which netted $106,000 last May.

“The people of Austin are really generous, and we just find that a lot of times when we ask, they come through,” Holtorf said.

Homecoming events

This week is also homecoming at Pacelli High School. Coronation will be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Pacelli Auditorium. A sock hop will follow for grades 6-12 in the gym.

On Friday morning, the football players will visit elementary classrooms, followed by a picnic for Pacelli students at Todd Park. Students will then be bussed to Lyle for a pep rally in the Lyle gym at 1 p.m., with the homecoming parade at approximately 2 p.m.

The Pacelli cross-country team will deliver the football from Austin to Lyle just prior to the homecoming game kickoff, an annual tradition. The Lyle/Pacelli Athletics will host the Mabel Canton Cougars in Lyle at 7 p.m.