LA GRANGE – Nazareth Academy students will take part in the schools second biggest fundraiser of the year, WALK 2013, on Friday, Oct. 4. Read more about the fundraiser in the full press release below.
On Friday, October 4, 2013, over 800 students and faculty will walk 3.5 miles, raising money for the school’s 2nd biggest fundraiser. The walk takes students through the streets of La Grange Park, with adult volunteers stationed throughout for the safety of walkers and residents.
Students collect WALK pledges leading up to the event, which raised over $180,000 in 2012. Last year was also the first time that 100% of the Nazareth faculty and staff participated as WALK contributors. According to Colleen Cook, who is coordinating the WALK for the third year, “We believe the WALK is a great way to put our teaching of philanthropy and service into action. Students are encouraged to get involved, be creative and take a positive role in their school’s success.”
Members of the student WALK Committee have been meeting since April to plan for the event. The students put together vidoes, announcements and incentives to get the Nazareth community excited for the big day. “The WALK is one of my favorite events at Naz. I want to make this WALK the most memorable yet,” says Marri Gragnani ’14 of Berwyn, a committee member.
“WALK day is one of my favorite memories from freshman year,” agrees Annabella Gofis ’16 of Orland Park. “I wanted to use my creativity to do something that benefits everyone in the school.”
All proceeds from the WALK support Nazareth’s operating income and benefit students this school year. It is the only school fundraiser in which every student, faculty and staff member participates.
Nazareth Academy, a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school serving families from 55 communities and over 100 grade schools in Chicago and the western suburbs, established in 1900 and sponsored by the Congregation of St. Joseph, values scholarship, service, spirit, and unity.