WEIRTON - Students from several Weirton schools put their walking shoes on Friday, showing people of any age can find a way to help others.
The Weirton United Way's annual school walk-a-thon was held throughout the day Friday, with students from Liberty, Broadview and Weirton Heights elementary schools, Weir Middle and Weir High taking to the track on the high school campus to help raise money for the United Way's 2012 campaign.
The event began with the elementary students walking around the track in the morning, and the middle and high school students taking their turns in the afternoon.
"They all started at 9:30," United Way Executive Director Kristin Bowman-Cross said, explaining many of the students donated to the United Way as part of the event.
Event chair Betty McGillen expressed her thanks to everyone who participated Friday, or assisted in any way to make the event successful.
"I just appreciate the support of the principals, students, schools and parents," McGillen said.
Liberty Elementary Principal Stephanie Brown, George Kondik, of PS Marketing, and United Way Campaign Chair John Greco help to lead local elementary students during the first leg of the United Way walk-a-thon Friday. Students from three Weirton elementary schools, Weir Middle and Weir High took part in the annual event to benefit the Weirton United Way. -- Craig Howell
Bowman-Cross said the Weirton United Way appreciates McGillen's work in putting the event together each year, as well as the efforts of all the teachers and faculty.
In particular, she noted appreciation for Superintendent Suzan Smith, Liberty Principal Stephanie Brown, Broadview Principal Andrea Dulaney, Weirton Heights Principal Frank Carey, Weir Middle Principal Terri McAtee and Assistant Principal Sarah Parsons, Weir High Principal Dan Enich and Weirton Heights teacher Diane Turani.
"They took time out of their day and curriculum to support the United Way," she said.
Additional support came from local business PS Marketing, which provided pencils for all the elementary school students.
The Weirton United Way currently is in the midst of its 2012 campaign, with John Greco as campaign chair and Don Gianni Jr. as campaign vice chair. This year's goal is $280,000.
The Weirton United Way serves 15 member agencies, including American Red Cross - River Valley Chapter; Boys and Girls Club of Weirton; Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council; Boy Scouts of America; C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc.; Community Bread Basket; Dunbar Recreation Center; Healthways Inc.; Hancock/Brooke/Ohio/Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Hancock County 4-H Foundation; Weirton Medical Center Foundation; Mary H. Weir Public Library; Salvation Army, Weirton Corps.; and the Weirton Christian Center.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)