St. Cyprian walk raises $20,000
Updated: July 29, 2012 6:07AM
Who would’ve thought just walking for three miles would be profitable?
About 150 people made up of parents, students and supporters of St. Cyprian School in River Grove thought so, raising $20,545 at St. Cyprian Fifth Annual Walk-A-Thon on May 19. The money raised goes to alleviate costs for the school in areas like financial aid and technology.
Sister Kathleen Klingen, principal of the school for the past 24 years, said they had a lot of support from a lot of people. The funds came from donations and pledges that were given to people who participated in the walk.
The event took place at the school, located at 2561 Clinton St. Participants walked through River Grove to live up to the pledges they solicited. They started at 9 a.m. and were back by 10:30 a.m.
“It had an Olympic theme,” she said. “‘Carry the Torch for Saint Cyprian’ was the slogan for the event.”
Participants wore red or blue T-shirts with the writing on them in white. “The design of the T-shirt was created by one of our parents,” she said.
Children of the families that raised the most money were given medals like in the Olympics, either gold, silver or bronze.
The gold medal went to the Blair family, the LaRiviere family took the silver, and the Calistro family received the bronze. All of them lived in River Grove.
“Additional medals were given Kyle Tarpey because he was a third-grader (at St. Cyprian) who raised over $500 on his own,” she said. “Dante Nottoli got a medal because his family donated food from Nottoli and Son (Italian Sausage Shop) on Belmont Avenue.”
She said even those who did not show up to walk had no problem donating and showing support.
“They are very supportive in the community,” she said. “When they are asked to support they certainly come through.
The St. Cyprian School Sixth Annual Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for May 18, 2013.