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Highland Jog-a-Thon to Honor Military and First-Responders

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Students from Highland Elementary School walk alongside school staff and local first responders at the school’s Annual Hero parade. The parade takes place just before the Annual Jog-a-Thon fundraiser, the school’s largest annual fundraiser.

Hundreds of Highland Elementary students are collecting pledges for the school’s annual jog-a-thon, sponsored by the Highland Parent-Teacher Organization.  Approximately 800 students will participate in the day-long activity on Friday, September 15, said principal Joan Howard.  It’s the school’s main fundraising event of the year.

“This fun activity gets our kids to stay active and be excited about exercise,” Howard said. “With our parents’ help, it’s also a way to raise funds for important events like field trips and educational or family-oriented activities.”

This year, the school will also honor heroes selected by the students, including members of the military and first responders including policemen, firemen and other public servants. The students will also participate in a hero parade just prior to the jog-a-thon, beginning at 9:15 a.m.  Howard also said additional volunteers are needed for the jog-a-thon.  Those interested should contact the school at 527-9636 or the Highland PTO via email: highlandptoinc@gmail.com.

“Our event is during the anniversary week of 9/11 and it’s a good way for students to honor and remember all those who lost their lives on that tragic day,” Howard said.

Pledges will be taken through October 2 and the school will hold a school assembly on October 13 to recognize students and to award prizes.

—Jo Galvan, LCPS chief communications officer, 575.527.5811, jgalvan@lcps.net

Highland Jog-aThon

Students from Highland Elementary School carry a banner honoring local first responders at the school’s Annual Hero parade.

Highland Jog-a-Thon

Students from Highland Elementary School carry a banner honoring local first responders at the school’s Annual Hero parade.