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Walk-A-Thon has record year raising $20,008

They came, they walked and they raised a whole lot of money for the teachers and students of Gilchrist County. The annual Walk-a-Thon for education brought out a record crowd this year. Some eleven teams were signed up to participate in this annual walk through the streets of Trenton.
The fundraising had been going on for months before the big event. When the last dollar was counted a total of $20,0008.26 had been raised for this years event.
For the past several years the amount of money raised has been growing. Back in 2015 $15,713.89 was raised, in 2016 a total of $15,864.54 was raised and in 2017 some $16,484.64 was donated.
Damon Leggett, the president of the Gilchrist County Education Foundation, welcomed the walkers to the event and thanked the teams for their efforts and participation in this event. Leggett went on to say how pleased he was with the great turnout on Saturday.
Jackson Feather of Trenton High gave the opening prayer, and Natalie Manna of Bell High did a wonderful job singing the National Anthem. Grace Harris of Trenton High lead those gathered with the pledge. Bell JROTC lead the walkers off at a brisk clip.
Capital City Bank’s team earned $4,000.91, Drummond Community Bank turned in $1000.00 and Ameris Bank earned $750.00.
Other teams who came through for the event included the Courthouse team with $700.00, Gilchrist School Board team $580.00, Duke Energy $400.00, Palms Medical Group $680.00, and other donations that were turned in $285.00.
As always the four county schools came out with large teams ready to happily walk away the morning and raise funds for the Ed Foundation. Trenton High School took top honors in the fundraising this year with $3,691.36, Trenton Elementary placed second with $2901.83, followed by Bell High School which raised $2,611.48 and Bell Elementary $2,407.68.
The students who raised the most money were Tinley Turner who placed first and Tanner Turner who placed second. Tinley and Tanner both received a Kindle for their hard work raising funds for this worthy cause.
Leggett also thanked the following businesses for their continued support of this annual event; Bell JROTC, Hitchcock’s Markets, Gilchrist County Property Appraisers Office, Gilchrist County Supervisor of Elections Office, Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Volunteers and Gilchrist County Journal.
The funds raised go toward scholarships for Gilchrist County seniors and mini grants for teachers.

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