Students Take Part In Walk-A-Thon To Help Charities



During the annual charity walk-a-thon Taylor Best, Taylor Mansor, Ben Piacitelli, Anaiah Blair, Peaches Young, and Melissa Valenzuela are first in line to arrive at Scoops Ice Cream Parlor from Payson High School.

Through a few simple steps, two local charities are getting much-needed supplies.

Every year, Family and Consumer Science (FACS) students at Payson High School raise money for charities in a walk-a-thon.

This year, the charities chosen by the Career And Technical Education Student Organizations (CTESO’s) are the Payson Red Cross and Time Out Shelter.

On Nov. 19, students walked from PHS to Scoops Ice Cream and back, said PHS teacher Devon Wells. Enough money was raised to buy at least one shelter sign for the Red Cross and $336 worth of supplies for the shelter.


It’s a long walk from PHS to Scoops, Harley Turney, D.J. Reynolds, Taylor Rizza (below, left) and Brittany Santos enjoy their well-deserved treat.

Red Cross representative Kathleen Kelly said shelter signs are desperately needed. Currently, when volunteers set up a shelter it is normally in the middle of the night or during a storm. Signs are needed to show people the way, however, the local chapter does not have any signs.

“The Red Cross has set up shelters in the Rim Country and no one knows where the shelters are,” Kelly said.

Students hope to buy at least one $154 reflective sign from Ironhorse Signs.

“Red Cross would love to get six signs, so hopefully others in the community will see the need to assist,” Wells said.

Time Out Shelter representatives Linda Timmer and Geri Mirco explained to students that that many women who come to the domestic violence shelter leave at a moment’s notice and often need basic items for their children and themselves to restart their lives.

The funds raised through the walk-a-thon will help purchase supplies for the shelter.


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