Anyone passing the Black Diamond Elementary School playfield next to State Route 169 this Friday afternoon might hear some loud Radio Disney-type music and see more than 300 children and adults running, walking and dancing.
The occasion? The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) will be holding its annual walkathon fund-raiser, “Run, Walk, Read,” from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m.
Students will be able to run or walk a quarter-mile route. Or they may be inspired to dance because of the music being DJed by the dad of two students. Or, the students may choose to snuggle up with a good book in a cozy reading corner.
By holding the event during the school day, all the students will be able to participate in the planned activities, plus enjoy a healthy afternoon snack and a gift bag from sponsors, event organizers said.
Students are being encouraged to collect donations and coins from their friends and family members to support the event. Coins are being deposited in the school office and in jars placed on the counters of businesses throughout Black Diamond. Patrons of the businesses can support the students by dropping their spare change in the jars before May 16.
The PTA has already raised $3,000 through business sponsors, including Yarrow Bay Group and Sound Component Supply Co. Other sponsors include Palmer Coking Coal, Newberry Realty, Costco, Cadman, Molen Orthodontics and TRM Lumber and Building Products.
PTA officials said money from the fund-raiser will support future PTA programs, such as free family fun nights. The money will also go toward purchasing technology equipment for teachers.