Lowry Elementary students' walk-a-thon focused on school needs
TAMPA - Lowry Elementary School fifth-grader Alec McGregor had high hopes heading into his school's walk-a-thon. The kids at Lowry collected money based on pledges made by friends and family members. The money collected will be for numerous projects throughout the school and Alec has big plans. He's been working hard at walking, even running lately to pile up as many laps as possible. Every four times around the Lowry track equals one mile, and the kids have an hour to pile up as many laps as possible. Alec was asked how many he thought he could rack up in an hour. His answer: "About 100.'' When Alec was told that that would mean running 25 miles in one hour, a total that would obliterate any record by any Olympian in history, he smiled and lowered it to 50. His mind was still doing some quick calculating.Lowry hosted the walk-a-thon on Jan. 18 with the proceeds going to different school projects. Some of the Lowry kids had definite ideas about what their school, now 20 years old, should do with the funds they raise. "It's for the PTA to buy stuff for the school,'' said second-grader Corisa Foster. "We need more supplies, and I think I can do 30 laps.'' Fifth-grader Connor Hughes said he wanted new desks since the ones he sits in now are "getting kind of old and have writing on them.'' Alec, an athlete, wants new P.E. equipment. Fifth-grader Megan Pelletier wants more comfortable chairs as well as more covered areas on the playground, in addition to its covered basketball court. After the kids decided how to spend the money Lowry plans to raise at the walk-a-thon, Alec had one more prediction. "I think I can do 20 in an hour,'' Alec said. That's five miles.