Third annual Walk-A-Thon event a success at Whispering Pines

Whispering Pines Elementary School students participate in third annual Walk-A Thon.

Whispering Pines Elementary PTA hosted its third annual Walk-A-Thon in October and school principal Tamela Brown was pleased with how the Walk-AThon turned out this year.

“Our PTA did a fantastic job organizing this year’s Walk-A-Thon. Over 300 students and volunteers participated in walking a mile around the Whispering Pines neighborhood,” Brown said. “Participants enjoyed refreshing cool sips of water and healthy snacks during the event as the focus of the Walk-A-Thon is to promote physical, mental and social wellness. This truly was a great way to start the day.”

Taking this event to the community was a vision that Rachel Blackburn, Walk-AThon chair 2012, had from the beginning.

“Seeing our sea of white shirts walking through our neighborhood was incredible,” Blackburn said. “We had neighbors helping with water stations for our walkers and our police directing traffic, which made the event even more special than years past. Our hope was to teach our students that walking a mile with teachers and friends can be a lot of fun and great exercise. The students did a fabulous job fundraising for educational programs that are funded through our PTA. Our efforts this year far exceeded the last two years.”

The Walk-A-Thon would not have been nearly as successful without the support of the Cutler Bay Policing Unit, Zoo Miami\Zoological Society of Florida, Target, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Publix, Fresh Market, Miami Science Museum, Miami Seaquarium, Jungle Island, My Gym, Rodbender’s Raw Bar & Grill, Palmetto Mini Golf, Propspeed, Splish Splash Auto Sales, Hann Corp, Sunstate Bank, Heyer & Associates, Tunebash, South Dade Family YMCA Center, Kaplan Chiropractic, Brilliant Eyecare Inc., Miami Fitness Gallery, Vanguard Solutions, South Dade Crossfit, Kabat Schertzer DeLaTorre Taraboulos & Co., Kendall Toyota Collision, UPS Store, and Florida Blue.

“I think we have started a great tradition that will benefit the Whispering Pines Elementary PTA for years to come,” said Michael Callahan, PTA president.

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