North Powder marches for America

September 20, 2001 11:00 pm
PATRIOTIC HARMONY: North Powder School District teachers and students sing patriotic songs Thursday prior to a walkathon for the American Red Cross. Shown above are, left to right, Heather Tittle, Sandy Colton and Ronda Fritz. Title is a high school sophomore and Colton and Fritz are North Powder School District Teachers. (The Observer/DICK MASON).
PATRIOTIC HARMONY: North Powder School District teachers and students sing patriotic songs Thursday prior to a walkathon for the American Red Cross. Shown above are, left to right, Heather Tittle, Sandy Colton and Ronda Fritz. Title is a high school sophomore and Colton and Fritz are North Powder School District Teachers. (The Observer/DICK MASON).

By Dick Mason

Observer Staff Writer

NORTH POWDER North Powder students went the extra mile to express their support for Americas terrorist victims Thursday. Make that an extra 1,000 miles.

Virtually all of the North Powder School Districts approximately 210 students participated in a walkathon for the American Red Cross. All money raised will be given to the Red Cross to help the terrorist victims in New York City and and Washington, D.C.

Everybody really felt that they wanted to do something to help, said Powder Valley High School senior Brody Turner.

The students were a colorful sight. Many wore red, white and blue clothing and carried flags. Some went a step further and dyed their hair and painted their fingernails red, white and blue.

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The kids wanted to be patriotic. This is a different feeling than what they have had before, said North Powder School District Superintendent Kerri

Smith.

The walk was conducted on a six-mile out-and-back course on Frontage Road. The paved road runs along Interstate 84. Most students covered the full six miles.

The total was at least 1,500 miles since about 300 people participated. The total included North Powder teachers and staff, parents, grandparents and community members.

The walkers were about 100 yards west of Interstate 84 but they were hard for southbound motorists to miss. Truck and motor home drivers heading south honked frequently to show their support.

It was pretty cool, said Powder Valley High School senior Zackary Leonard. We thought that the motor homes had the best horns.

Turner said the walkathon helped draw students closer together.

Nobody walked with the same people the entire time, Turner said. We got to pal around with different people.

The walkathon provided an important outlet for students.

They wanted to help in some way, Smith said. It made them feel good that they could be part of something positive.

Cheryl Martin, North Powders sixth-grade teacher, came up with the idea for a walkathon last week. Numerous students, teachers, community business owners and others worked to make it a reality.

Everything snowballed, Smith said.

The patriotic spirit that led to the formation of the event carried over into it.

Nobody complained. Everybody was excited. This was an event which everybody wanted to be a part of, Smith said.