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NHES readies for Norton’s walkathon

NHES readies for Norton’s walkathon
NHES readies for Norton’s walkathon
Braeley England speaks to her peers Thursday afternoon at North Harrison Elementary School's annual walkathon kick-off ceremony. Photo by Ross Schulz

Money raised through the annual North Harrison Elementary School’s walkathon has helped children at Kosair ‘ now Norton Children’s Hospital ‘ for many years and in many ways.
Now, after raising more than $31,000 in a single year in 2016, the hospital has a playroom with North Harrison’s name on it.
The school had its kickoff rally in the gymnasium Thursday afternoon to get the students fired up to raise money.
The guest speaker was Shawna England, mother of NHES student Braeley, who has spent more than her fair share of time at Norton Children’s Hospital.
‘Braeley was so excited when she saw those words (North Harrison Elementary) on the playroom door,’ England said.
Braeley explained to her fellow students about all of the fun activities and items that can be found in the playroom.
England said their family has spent many, many days and nights at Kosair, including a two-month stay.
‘Sometimes we go for checkups or when she’s not feeling well and get X-rays done,’ England said. ‘She doesn’t like when I tell her we have to go get a checkup there. But it isn’t for the reasons you would think it would be for. She’s not afraid of the hospital or the doctors and nurses; they’re all super, super nice. The thing that she doesn’t like about going to the hospital is she’s afraid she’s going to miss school. She wants to know when she can go back to school, how much time she’ll miss. One time she came out of surgery and the first thing she said was, ‘When can I go back to school?’.’
NHES Principal Lisa Jones said she’s thankful Norton is close by in case students need it.
‘I know they’ll get you healthy and back to us ready to learn,’ she said. ‘They are so important to our community because they take good care of you. And because they take good care of you, they are very near and dear to my heart. So, we work hard every year to raise money for that hospital so that, when one of you needs them, they’re there and they have the things they need to help you.’
Since the program began in 1989, the school has raised more than $350,000.
The walkathon will be Thursday, April 13, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the track, weather permitting.
Stations will include walking, snack, imagination, dance, cups and mushrooms and Mr. Rentschler’s surprise.
Students can participate in the walkathon if they raise at least $5. The deadline to turn the money in is Friday, April 7.
Other individual goals/rewards for students include $25 raised, extra recess; $50, sock-hop attendance; $75, root beer-float party; and $100, field trip to deliver donation check and lunch.
For more information about the fundraiser, call Jones at NHES at 812-347-2419.