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


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.