Our Lady of Fatima School Wilton’s Saints Walkathon is set to kick off from 225 Danbury Rd. today, Friday, Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.. The 4th Annual Saints Walkathon will see hundreds of walkers circle the OLF school and parish grounds and enjoy post-event refreshments behind the school. Proceeds from the walk will not only help the OLF non-profit school to provide local children with a challenging academic program in a nurturing environment, it will also benefit two local food banks.

“Now more than ever our community’s support is essential because the funds raised will aid our efforts to provide 21st Century learning standards and nurture, educate and prepare the young people in our community to live in a global world,” said OLF School Wilton’s principal, Stan Steele.

This year’s walkathon was named the Saints Walkathon in honor of All Saints Day. To reinforce the school’s objective of “Service Above Self,” each grade selected a saint to represent. During the weeks leading up to the walkathon, each student learned of their selected saint’s life and good works.

“What better way to teach ‘Service Above Self’ to our children than to encourage them to support both their school and their community. That’s why we felt it was vital to donate a portion of the proceeds to local food banks,” explained Joanne Salageanu, the event’s chairperson.

Currently, OLF students have raised over $3,500. Should the school fundraising goal of $15,000 be met, Pastor Reggie Norman will sing karaoke. If the school fundraises $16,000, Norman and Steele will wear chicken costumes and do the chicken dance for the entire school.

The route will take walkers 1.2 miles around the Our Lady of Fatima School and Parish grounds. Students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, OLF parishioners, and community members are all welcome.

For information or to donate and help the non-profit school, please visit the OLF CrowdRise page.