2nd annual St. Michael School Travis Mills Foundation benefit held

Above participants in the 2nd annual St. Michael School and Travis Mills Walk-a-thon held on May 3 at the school. Contributed photo

The second annual St. Michael School and Travis Mills Walk-A-Thon was held on May 3, during the school day. It was a fun day for students, faculty, staff, parents and friends.

All proceeds will benefit the Travis Mills Foundation, which sponsors wounded veterans and their families. Contributed photo

The St. Michael School community came together to raise funds to support The Travis Mills Foundation. Students gathered pledges for weeks prior to the walk. Their laps around the school and church property were counted by a number of volunteers. Students, staff, parents, school families and friends all worked together as a community to raise money for The Travis Mills Foundation, and in a fun and healthy way.

Working as a team can mean great things. Students in grades Pre-K and kindergarten walked 10 laps equaling four miles; students in grades one and two walked 15 laps equaling six miles; students in grades three and four walked 20 laps equaling eight miles; and students in grades five through eight walked 25 laps equaling 10 miles.

Students had the entire day to complete their walk but their determination and with enthusiasm and cheers from Travis Mills himself, students had finished by lunch.

“We all need inspiration, hope, and motivation and the students of this school supply me that,” said Mills. “That’s the best part about being Travis Mills…having people behind me, supporting me every step of the way.” Travis explained in a greeting to the school community before the walk began.

“It’s an amazing feeling knowing we’re helping our veterans who served our country. They deserve a place like the Travis Mills Foundation for all they have done for us,” said Kyle Douin, an eighth grader at St. Michael School. “It’s been a feel-good kind of day,” said Madeline Levesque, another eighth grader at the school. “I can’t wait to go home and tell my daddy how much fun today was,” said Bryce Ryan, a kindergarten student at the school. A barbecue lunch was provided to all in attendance. Our school community got to participate and learn the true meaning of giving back to the community. The funds raised from today’s Walk-A-Thon will help sponsor wounded veterans and their families rehab at The Travis Mills Foundation.

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