Middle school students help kids during Riley walk-a-thon

Students took to the track at Wea Ridge Middle School for Riley Hospital for Children.
Students took to the track at Wea Ridge Middle School for Riley Hospital for Children.

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — Students at a Tippecanoe County middle school are up and moving for kids who may not be able to do it themselves.

Wea Ridge Middle School sixth, seventh and eighth graders hit the track for a walk-a-thon to benefit Riley Hospital for Children. Students each donated $5 and walked an hour.

The middle schoolers raised about $2,000 this year.

Eighth grade student Kate Jefson said adults aren’t the only ones who can help the less fortunate.

“I think it’s not right of us to stay inside and do nothing when there are kids that can’t walk around and do stuff like we can,” Jefson said.

Eighth-grader Luke Trapp said the walk-a-thon is an important school tradition.

“It’s just great for kids our age to start learning about giving back to the community. By doing that, we’re giving back to Riley. That’s kind of awesome,” Trapp said. “I’m glad we’re really making a difference.”

This is the eighth year for the event, which has raised more than $20,000 for the Riley Children’s Foundation.