October 20, 2010

Glenwood Students hold Walk-A-Thon to Support our Nation’s Heroes

Annual Event Raises Awareness and Funds for the GI Go Fund

NEWARK, NJ - The Glenwood Elementary School held their annual Walk-a-thon event on Wednesday, October 20th, to benefit The GI Go Fund and the veterans they aim to serve.

Students in all grade levels ran and walked around the entire back field for thirty minutes, as they were cheered on by parents, teachers and friends. In addition, several veterans joined the students to take part in the walk. All proceeds of the Walk-a-thon will go to The GI Go Fund to assist its efforts in helping veterans as they return from combat.

“I am thrilled the school has taken this opportunity to show their support for our veterans,” said GI Go Fund Executive Director Jack Fanous. “Too often, we forget the importance of pressing our children the need and importance of recognizing those around us who work to make our country better. Veterans have sacrificed more than any of us can understand, and I am glad that Glenwood Elementary will take the time to say thank you.”

Glenwood Elementary states that they impress upon their students the importance of making a difference in the lives of others, and the Walk-a-thon gives students an opportunity to become actively involved in community service in this case to help our veterans and to show thanks for the sacrifices they have made.

“We try to promote strong characters in our young people here at Glenwood Elementary and feel that a program designed to raise money for our veterans who have given so much to us, is the best of character building exercises,” said Glenwood Elementary School Principal Dr. David Jansin. “ To have the soldiers attend this event made it so much more special for the kids and really put a human on the issue for them, their parents and all that participated today.”

“It was important to not just the kids but the parents to do this for the members of our armed services, we look to teach them all about what our soldiers do, and try to give back through these walk-a-thons, and other drives we do throughout the year,” said event coordinator and mother of a Glenwood Student Regina Carddi.

Glenwood’s annual Walk-a-thon has raised over $110,000 for various non-profit organizations over the years. All hope that this year’s event will continue this great tradition and benefit our nation’s heroes.