Whispering Pines Elementary conducts first Walk-a-Thon

By Gary Alan Ruse….

Pictured (l-r) are PE Coach William Curry, and parents Brenda Molina, Yvonne Williams and Kelly Astorga.

Approximately 240 students ranging from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the first ever Walk-a-Thon conducted despite dismal weather at Whispering Pines Elementary on Friday, Feb. 11.

The one-mile hike around the physical education field was done in an effort to promote physical fitness and health awareness as well as raise funds to beautify the school’s campus.

The students weren’t alone in the project, according to teacher Renee Y. Espinosa.

“There were plenty of parent volunteers on hand that day to make it a fun-filled success for everyone,” Espinosa said. “Some of the faculty members even laced up their athletic shoes to join the children.”

Among the generous supporters of the program that day were Publix, Burger King, My Gym, Runners High, Zoo Miami, Target, Baptist Children’s Diagnostic Center, Miami-Dade Fire Department, Miami Science Museum, Miami Youth Ballet and All Stars Frozen Yogurt.

The school is located at 18929 SW 89 Rd. in Cutler Bay, adjacent to Whispering Pines Park.

Rachel Blackburn, PTA vice president at Whispering Pines Elementary, was pleased with the outcome and expects to repeat the special project again.

“We are very excited with the results of the first effort and look forward to an even bigger and better event in years to come — to include more of our neighboring community,” Blackburn said.

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