We held our third annual walkathon, Strides for Pride, and the students raised more than $10,000! We had an Angry Birds theme and prizes were Angry Birds items as well. The children earned water balloon shots at the principal and assistant principal, who were dressed in Angry Birds costumes. We also had contests for Super Recess packages that contained a set of playground balls, a homework pass, and extended recess for a day. Last, we offered a school-wide incentive: If the children raised $8,000 ($1,000 more than last year), then they would earn a day to play on inflatable play equipment. As you can tell, they knocked it out of the park. Each grade got their own playtime and the kids had a blast!

Kathy Shirilla, Snow Creek Elementary, Hickory, N.C.