On Friday, Emporia Middle School sixth-graders will spend a couple hours walking at the Emporia High track.
If the 2013 Walkathon looks like the Walk to Be Drug-Free from years past, it's an offshoot. Middle School teacher Christy Dragonas says the project is part of a so-called STREAM grant which is improving education opportunities for kids across the Emporia School District.
"We decided to take a community service take on it because our entire school is doing a community service project in the spring," she said. "We wanted to attach the other half of community service, which is a fundraiser," she added.
Students researched possible beneficiaries, eventually voting on fellow Middle School students Jade Horn, who has been battling nasopharyngeal carcinoma since late last year, and Alex Muckenthaler, who is now battling leukemia after beating Burkitt's lymphoma last year. Other beneficiaries are the American Red Cross and Emporia Animal Shelter.
The walk will take place in two shifts, with one starting around 9 am and another after 11 am. Close to $10,000 has already been raised. For information, call the Middle School at 341-2335.