Santa Fe Trail students walk all the way across the state (kind of)

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Last Friday, 280 Santa Fe Trail students trekked all the way across Kansas.

Sort of.

As part of the school’s third annual walkathon, the students walked a collective 436 miles — the distance from the Colorado border to the Missouri border.

Each participating student walked a mile and a half, or 15 loops around the school’s playground. Through sponsors, they raised more than $9,300, which will be used to help pay for field trips, library books and other programs.

And if that wasn’t fun enough for the kids, get this: because they exceeded their fundraising goal, Santa Fe Trail principal Kristal Leiker will be donning a sumo wrestling costume this Friday and tussling with a teacher of the students’ choosing.

“Witnessing the sheer effort and determination of those 280 children makes me proud to don a blow-up sumo suit on Friday,” Leiker said.