Physical education teacher Joclin Julmist starts students off for their Turkey Trot on Nov. 21 at the Sequim School District athletic field. Students ran/jogged/walked after family and friends donated to Helen Haller Elementary’s “Six Books for Summer” program and purchasing a rock-climbing wall. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Physical education teacher Joclin Julmist starts students off for their Turkey Trot on Nov. 21 at the Sequim School District athletic field. Students ran/jogged/walked after family and friends donated to Helen Haller Elementary’s “Six Books for Summer” program and purchasing a rock-climbing wall. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Helen Haller Elementary students run hard for Turkey Trot fundraiser

Like shoppers tracking down after-Thanksgiving sales, Helen Haller Elementary students ran hard for laps at their recent Turkey Trot fundraiser.

Students in grades K-5 ran, jogged and/or walked for 30 minutes on Nov. 21 seeking donations from family and friends to support the school’s “Six Books for Summer” program where each student gets to choose and keep six books before school is out.

Organizers also sought funds to purchase a rock-climbing wall.

As of Monday evening, students raised nearly $9,000 of their $23,600 goal. Donations were accepted through Nov. 27. Various prizes are set to be awarded to students for raising the most in donations.

See more photos from the event here.

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.

Principal Becky Stanton high fives fifth-grader Ryan Spelker and other students as they prepare for Helen Haller Elementary’s Turkey Trot. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Principal Becky Stanton high fives fifth-grader Ryan Spelker and other students as they prepare for Helen Haller Elementary’s Turkey Trot. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Friends Grace Minty and Mady Salazar walk hand-and-hand around the track during Helen Haller Elementary’s Turkey Trot. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Friends Grace Minty and Mady Salazar walk hand-and-hand around the track during Helen Haller Elementary’s Turkey Trot. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Anella Henning and Carson Olsen run to a stop so their laps at Helen Haller Elementary’s Turkey Trot fundraiser can be counted. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Anella Henning and Carson Olsen run to a stop so their laps at Helen Haller Elementary’s Turkey Trot fundraiser can be counted. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Helen Haller Elementary students Addison Carver, Johonna Chavez and Aubri Miller round a corner all smiles at the school’s Turkey Trot on Nov. 21.

Helen Haller Elementary students Addison Carver, Johonna Chavez and Aubri Miller round a corner all smiles at the school’s Turkey Trot on Nov. 21.

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