By Chris Kieffer
TUPELO – Lawndale Elementary School students ran for a cause on Thursday morning.
The school held its annual Turkey Trot fundraiser with students running through an oval course in the front parking lot and families and friends donating money for each completed lap.
“They look forward to it all year,” said Lawndale physical education teacher Bo Boatner.
Groups of students from the third- to fifth-grade school ran throughout the day, with each group participating for 30 minutes. The class in each grade that had the highest number of laps per student will receive a party later this year.
“One of my missions is to get kids interested in running,” Boatner said. “At this age, you don’t want to push them to do anything they don’t want to do, but if you plant a seed at this age, maybe they’ll run cross country in junior high and run until they are 90 years old.”
Boatner, who trained the students for the event during P.E. classes, also talked to them about pace and setting individual goals.
“I want them to learn to set small goals that are attainable so they can get big goals step by step,” he said.
Parent volunteers helped with the event, as did some members of the Tupelo High School cross country team, who also are members of the school’s Anchor Club or its Key Club.