After running hard for 30 minutes, kindergartener Bill Hernandez Vivaldo poses for his proud mom Teresa Vivaldo at Helen Haller’s Turkey Trot on Nov. 22. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

After running hard for 30 minutes, kindergartener Bill Hernandez Vivaldo poses for his proud mom Teresa Vivaldo at Helen Haller’s Turkey Trot on Nov. 22. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Helen Haller’s Turkey Trot hits $20K goal for books, robotics class

For the second year, Helen Haller Elementary students ran past their Turkey Trot goal.

As of Sunday night, students in grades K-5 received more than $600 over their $20,000 goal for running or walking for 30 minutes on Nov. 22 to support a new robotics system, a summer reading program, and various classroom projects.

Donations were accepted through Nov. 27.

See more photos from the event here.

Tennille Bixby, Helen Haller Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) board secretary, said proceeds support a new robotics offered in the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) class.

Funding also supports purchasing six books for each student that they’ll choose before school is out to help promote reading in the summer.

The first Turkey Trot exceeded its financial goal to purchase the summer books and a heart meter system for group fitness activities.

For fundraising, students and classes earned chances for prizes by fundraising the most money and/or running the most laps.

For more information on the PTO’s fundraising/activities, visit facebook.com/HelenHallerPTO.

For more information on the school, contact Helen Haller Elementary, 350 W. Fir St., at 360-582-3200.

Fourth graders sprint to start the second leg of the second annual Turkey Trot at Helen Haller Elementary . Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Fourth graders sprint to start the second leg of the second annual Turkey Trot at Helen Haller Elementary . Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

First graders Piper Jackson, left, and Madison Bell in Ione Marcy’s class keep a steady pace during the Turkey Trot. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

First graders Piper Jackson, left, and Madison Bell in Ione Marcy’s class keep a steady pace during the Turkey Trot. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

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