Carthage sixth graders circle Central Park for Jog-a-thon

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Carthage sixth graders circle Central Park for their annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser. Rebecca Haines / CNO

CARTHAGE, Mo. — It was the perfect fall day for a Jog-a-thon.

Carthage sixth grade counselor Megan Young tallies a lap on a student’s sticker. Rebecca Haines / CNO

On a bright and warm Friday, Carthage sixth graders were able to step outside the classroom – cross the street to Central Park – and raise money for their school. Jog-a-thon events have grown in popularity over the years as a great way to get students moving and have fun raising money for their schools. With each lap they complete, their sponsor(s) donate a proposed amount. These funds help students in a variety of ways – a couple of examples are the End of Year Party and future playground equipment.

Sixth grader Elias Brady said this fundraiser was a perfect fit for him because he enjoys running.

“It’s cool we get to raise money this way,” Brady said. “I like being a sixth grader – there’s a bunch of things to do, it’s a big school and lots of kids.”

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Surrounded in the splendor of the Maple Leaf City, the Carthage Sixth Grade Center has approximately 370 students who were able to participate and enjoy the event this year.