Local school hosts walk-a-thon to fill holes left by state budget cuts

WALNUT HILLS (FOX19) - Walnut High School is wrapping up an event that organizers say is crucial for the programs offered at the school.

The Walnut24 is a 24-hour-long walk-a-thon that took place Friday and Saturday at the Marx Stadium track facility. The goal was to raise $110,000 to support various Walnut activities that are at risk of being eliminated, due to state budget cuts. The walk-a-thon supports the fund that pays the advisors for all the clubs, organizations and sports programs provided at Walnut Hills.

"It was great, I think we should do this kind of stuff more often," said junior Paul Linser.

Dozens of clubs, sports, and organizations are at risk if the school does not raise money. The Astronomy Club, Marching Band, Senior High Drama, Math Team Senior High, Photography Club, Football, Cheerleading, Volleyball, and the German Club are just a handful of the many that could be cut if the school fails to raise enough money.

"I think was something new for Walnut Hils as far a getting students involved to do fundraising. We kind of put it on them to go out and solicit donations and get the money instead of their parents doing all the work," said director Doug Newberry.

To raise the money, participants were charged a registration fee, and were also asked to collect donations from family, friends, and co-workers.

With participants taking shifts, there were people walking on the track at all times over the 24-hour period.

Other activities were also going on like music, games, and various competitions.

The event concluded at 11 a.m. on Saturday with closing ceremonies.

There's no word yet on how much money was raised.

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