By ROD ZOOK
HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After taking time off because of the pandemic, Hutchinson USD 308’s Graber Elementary School celebrated its Laps for Learning fundraiser. The event is a daylong happening where the students get a chance to get outside and get plenty of exercise, and help the school at the same time.
“Laps for Learning is where we raise money for our school,” Physical Education teacher Shane Warren said. “Kids run laps at our track and they get beads every time they make a lap to put on a keychain.”
Students went online to gather donations from patrons with all funds going to school activities. Warren says Laps for Learning is not just running. Many other activities are scheduled throughout the day.
“Laps for Learning is part of our Superkids Day and we have 14 stations. Each class goes to each station for 20 minutes all day long,” Warren said. “Our sixth grade classes are actually running the stations for us and so they’re doing a good job with that.”
Warren says it is good to be able to get back outside again.
“We haven’t done this for three years, so a lot of people don’t even remember us doing it,” Warren said. “It’s a good way to get out and it’s been a long year.”
The event was held a week later than originally scheduled because of bad weather. All proceeds benefit the school's PTO and other activities.