Thousands of students, parents, staff and community members will walk from McCorkle Place on the UNC campus to Lincoln Center, Merritt Mill Road, the school district’s central office.
Organized by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, the walk is in its 16th year of supporting the schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro district for their top needs this year. Each school has designated specific projects for walk funds.
Students from each school will show in costumes or signs why their school and/or teachers and staff are “super.” The foundation awards a cash prize to the school with the best representation of their super features.
The walk concludes with a carnival on the grounds of Lincoln Center, the district’s offices. The walk and race are designed to demonstrate community support for education, engage participants in physical activity and raise funds for the individual schools, said Ashley Wilson, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation, organizer of the walk.
Last year, more than 6,000 walkers participated, and students raised more than $100,000 for their schools. Since this is the 16th year of the Walk, special “Super 16” t-shirts are awarded to students who raise $25 or more for their schools.
In addition, carnival activities at Lincoln Center include huge inflatable rides, super slides, an obstacle course, baseball toss, bounce house, bean bag toss, and a range of additional activities organized by school groups to raise funds for their programs. Families can plan to purchase dinner with the
number of ethnic foods that will be available at the carnival.
In fact, school organizations will have booths that will spread out into the main parking lot at Lincoln Center. Recognizing that funds have been cut for teams and clubs, the groups are working especially hard to raise funds to support their operations this year, said Kim Hoke, foundation director.
The walk festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. and the walkers start at 2 p.m. from McCorkle Place on the UNC campus. There is no registration for the walk; everyone is welcome, and the walk continues rain or shine. However, dogs are prohibited on school property.
Shuttles will run from both Chapel Hill High and Carrboro High and then back from Lincoln Center to those schools and McCorkle Place. Parking is not available at Lincoln Center, and participants are encouraged to ride the shuttles. Parking on Merritt Mill Road will be prohibited.
Premiere sponsors of the event are the Wells Fargo Foundation, Wells Fargo Private Bank, Jim Kitchen and UNC Health Care.
|Super 16 Logo|
|2011 Walk: families gather at McCorkle Place|
|2011 Walk: Superintendent Tom Forcella participates in his first Walk|
|2011 Walk: families walk down Franklin Street to Merritt Mill|
|2011 Walk: families have fun at the carnival at Lincoln Center|
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