By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
WEST MELBOURNE -- Students at Calvary Chapel's Melbourne campus will be helping other children in the community by raising funds through a walkathon on the school campus from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 12.
The idea was the brainchild of Angela Richardson, a parent of 7-year-old Alyssa, a second grade student at Calvary.
As a graduate student working on a master's degree in educational leadership at the University of Central Florida, Ms. Richardson wanted to get the students involved in something "that involves kids, helping kids."
"I chose the Children's Hunger Project because, you know, you see kids coming to school unkempt sometimes, and you know things aren't so good at home," Ms. Richardson said. "This charity is doing great work in Brevard and can use the help to do even more."
A newsletter will go home to parents at the end of February, asking each family to pledge at least $1.
"If every kid brings a dollar, we can raise $500," Ms. Richardson said.
The event will not be operated on the pledge system, as Ms. Richardson said she does not want families to feel pressured to donate more than they are able to.
The students, in grades kindergarten through eighth-grade will complete the nearly half-mile walkathon on school grounds. Parents are invited, and other activities are planned for the event.
The community is also welcome to support the students' efforts.
To donate, or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calvary Chapel School is located at 2955 Minton Road, West Melbourne.