Santa Fe Trail students ‘walk across Kansas’ to raise money for school

Santa Fe Trail Elementary students walked a collective 441.3 miles as part of their "Walk Across Kansas" event.
Santa Fe Trail Elementary students walked a collective 441.3 miles as part of their “Walk Across Kansas” event.

Santa Fe Trail Elementary parents, it may be time to start looking for new sneakers for your kids.

Because on Friday, 291 members of the student body walked a total of 441.3 miles — more than the distance across Kansas from east to west — as part of the school’s annual walkathon, enough to wear down the soles of any shoe. This was the second year that Santa Fe Trail used “Walk Across Kansas” as the theme for the event, which provides nearly half of the annual funding for the PTA.

Lora Schordock, who organized the first Walk Across Kansas last year, said it was such a hit in 2013 there was no question that they would take the approach again.

“After the 2013 walkathon, a 3rd grade girl with big blue eyes and an air of excitement looked up at me and said ‘Mrs. Schordock, I can’t wait until next year!’” Schordock said. “That was really all it took for us to make the commitment.”

As students made their way around the school’s playground in shifts, parents and teachers cheered them on and offered hydration and nutrition at “pit stops.” Sluggerrr, the Royals mascot, was on hand as well.

The school raised $9,866 — just shy of its goal of $10,000 — at this year’s event, $500 more than they raised in 2013. Schordock said funds from the walkathon will go to help pay for field trips, cultural assemblies, classroom supplies, library books and family events.

Volunteers ran "pit stops" for the walkers.
Volunteers ran “pit stops” for the walkers.
Sluggerrr helped keep spirits high.
Sluggerrr helped keep spirits high.