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Mason City Schools' annual Walk-a-Thon ends in slime

Jefferson Elementary principal and physical education teacher get slimed as part of beating targeted fundraising goal

Posted: May 4, 2018 9:50 PM

MASON CITY, Iowa - Some school kids got a little messy after reaching a fundraising goal.

Mason Community Schools held their 6th annual Walk-a-Thon this week, with students and teachers walking to raise money for each school's PTO fund.

Jefferson Elementary beat the goal of $5,000 by raising over $7,500, and as a reward, some lucky students got to dump buckets of slime on Principal Lindsey Millsap and Physical Ed teacher Paul Childress.

First grade teacher Sarah Zimmerman notes that it's not your typical fundraiser.

"We're not selling anything. We're just trying to promote our school...families, grandparents, neighbours...pledge money for our students to be outside, and being engaged in physical activity for a certain amount of time, and it's a great way to encourage those healthy habits and also to promote our local schools," Zimmerman says.

Zimmerman adds that the fundraiser builds a strong bond between students and teachers.

"It's a great way to build community, for the students and the staff. Kids love seeing the staff getting slimed, being goofy and playing 'Hungry, Hungry Hippos', and all sorts of fun activities," Zimmerman says.

Since the event began six years ago, funds raised have gone towards field trips, technology upgrades and supplies.

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