Halfway through, some of the students were beginning to get a little flushed. As they began their next lap, Parent Teacher Association volunteers held out tiny cups of water, like a miniature version of the water bottles offered to marathon runners.


Six hundred Krystal Elementary School students walked around the school's blacktop basketball courts on Wednesday in a walkathon to raise money for the school.


"Our goal is $12,000" or $20 per student, said Principal Tom Kirk. "The money's for assemblies, field trips, all that good stuff."


The school's staff and PTA had rejected more traditional means of raising money.


"We kind of wanted fundraisers where the kids weren't selling stuff," said Kirk, watching fifth graders troop by.


Students put in 30 minutes of walking in the mild fall weather, with the distance of each lap determined by grade level. Donated fruit and water awaited them after they finished.


"It's awesome, Mr. Kirk," grinned a fifth grader, giving his principal the thumbs-up. "Good idea, it's awesome!"


"Glad you think so," Kirk smiled.


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