Staff photo/Marlena Ballinger<br /><!-- 1upcrlf -->Students from Sts. Peter and Paul School participated in the annual Walk-A-Thon on Monday. Students took a quick break from the event to pose for the Sentinel camera. From left: Michael Evers, Caleb Kuhlman, Ethan Pickens, Luke Brickner, Father Matt Jozefiak, Ben Kahle, Carson Fuka, Walker Buddelmeyer.
Staff photo/Marlena Ballinger
Students from Sts. Peter and Paul School participated in the annual Walk-A-Thon on Monday. Students took a quick break from the event to pose for the Sentinel camera. From left: Michael Evers, Caleb Kuhlman, Ethan Pickens, Luke Brickner, Father Matt Jozefiak, Ben Kahle, Carson Fuka, Walker Buddelmeyer.

OTTAWA - Students from S.P.P.S. Catholic School participated in the annual walk-a-thon on Monday to raise money for the school.
The event is organized by the boosters each year and is done to raise money for the schools. According to event coordinator and booster member Nancy Schaub, the event raised nearly $4,000 last year.
The money raised was used to pay for religion books, school transportation, equipment for classrooms and extra things around the school.
Each year parents volunteer to help with the event by setting up a class table. To help keep track of the laps the students walk around the church and school, the parents stamp each students hand each time they pass their class's table. For every five laps the students walk, they get an ice-pop and students typically walk 20 laps.

According to school secretary, Bev Ward the event began as a bike-a-thon in 1977 and changed to a walk-a-thon sometime in the 1980s and has taken place annually since then.
The event brings 100 percent student participation with kindergarteners through second graders walking the first hour and grades three through eighth walking the second hour with students getting sponsors prior to the event.