Walkathon to be held Friday at Lynndale Elementary

Members of the Lynndale running club warm up for the Jungle Jog

A little walking will go a long way toward helping one Lynnwood school mend massive budget cuts.

The Legislature cut millions in education spending when they passed the budget in May. Lynndale Elementary is hoping to make up some of the difference with a fundraiser later this week.

The second annual Jungle Jog walkathon will take place Friday from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the school. Everyone is invited to walk or just cheer on the participants. Pledge sheets are available online.

Last year’s walkathon raised $18,000.

“That $18,000 patched two consecutive years of a 66 percent cut in our basic supply budget,” said Chris Kratz, office manager at Lynndale. “Because we cut spending and lived lean, any profit we make this year will help us see through the deeper cuts we expect next year.”

The money allowed the school to buy paper, pencils, crayons, paints, copies, printer cartridges, art supplies and general supplies that every school needs.

State Sen. Paul Shinn and Rep. Mary Helen Roberts will be in attendance to show their support. An all-school barbecue potluck will follow the walkathon at Lynndale Park starting at 4:30 p.m.

If you can’t come but would like to donate, checks made out to “Edmonds School District” can be sent to: Jungle Jog Walkathon, Lynndale Elementary School, 7200 191stPlace SW, Lynnwood, WA 98036.

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