The past five Turkey Trots were a great experience for our students, parents, and staff at CLS. They have been successful and helped raise over $50,000 in five years! The funds raised have been used towards the purchase of new playground equipment and technology enhancements for our school.
Yet many of you and our students have been asking about the results of our 5th annual Turkey Trot held on Thursday, November 17 – it was certainly a gorgeous day weather-wise!
So, I am thrilled to share with you the following:
- 145 kids participated
- Over 50 parents and family members participated, assisted, or were cheerleaders
- 2,274 laps completed = 568 miles; last year we completed 1,512 laps = 378 miles
- Last year just over $12,000 raised….this year, over $17,000 so far!
25% of the proceeds from the Turkey Trot will be tithed to Water for South Sudan to help build a well in a remote village. CLS 6th graders attended the Plum Creek Literacy Festival earlier this Fall and heard from an amazing author, Linda Sue Park. She shared her inspiration for the book entitled A Long Walk to Water and her passion for providing clean water to remote villages in South Sudan. Many of our CLS middle schoolers have or are currently reading this book. Our 6th graders led chapel on November 2nd and shared about this awesome organization and our plans to help build a CLS well. During the Turkey Trot, many of our students took the opportunity to walk laps with buckets of water on their heads, just as girls from villages in South Sudan have had to do for years. The remaining 75% of funds earned will be put towards much-needed building growth here on our campus including ministry classrooms, a multi-purpose room, and a gymnasium…In addition we want to thank Kathy Quinn and Fox 4 Kansas City who did a story at CLS with their program “Pay it Forward” and included providing $300 towards the new water well.
Another big question has been, “Can we still contribute to this year’s cause?” Absolutely! A reminder that our goal is $5,000 towards the well – we are at a little over $4,000, so if you would like to help close that gap, we would welcome it.
Once again, thanks so much for your efforts to make the Turkey Trot such a memorable, successful event!