Students braved the cold and avoided becoming Butterball turkeys prior to Thanksgiving at their annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 27.
The annual fundraiser saw 500-plus students in pre-kindergarten to fifth grade run, walk or wheel around the Sequim School District’s athletic field in an effort to raise funds for the Six Books for Summer program.
As of Dec. 3, organizers said students raised just over $16,500 of their $18,000 goal.
“We’re about $7,000 over last year’s total so we see that as a positive,” said Tennille Bixby, with the school’s Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO).
Students received more than 580 donations online with top earners seeing more than $500 and $450. Top earners and runners will each receive prizes while others will be entered in drawings for prizes.
Bixby said Six Books for Summer, where each student picks out six grade level-appropriate books to take home and read over the summer, is covered by donations and additional funds will support other PTO programs. PTO organizers thank the community for their support.