Lance's Journal: Prescott Walkathon, May 11

The ambitious young students at Prescott Elementary School in Lincoln were hitting the pavement Wednesday morning in hopes of raising more funds for the new Prescott Park and outdoor classroom.

The goal of this project is to connect kids to nature and just as important, get them off the couch and enjoying the great outdoors.

The ribbon has been cut...Superintendent Joel's pep talk has been delivered, the new walking path is open and Prescott Principal Ruth Ann Wiley says Phase One of the Prescott Park project is complete, "This is one of the many culminations of some planning and goal setting and dreaming and so it's a very big day."

Up next is Phase two of the project and to make sure there is enough money for that to take place more than 500 students took part in the 2nd annual Walkathon fundraiser with a goal of surpassing last years impressive total of 1,400 combined miles.

Mark Weddleton is a teacher at Prescott and he's excited about the new outdoor classroom, "This is our rain garden here. We want to use the grounds effectively. One of the things we want to teach children is about the importance of water usage. We live in a time know when many kids, their lives consist of video games and smart phones and time sitting in front of the TV and this gives us an opportunity to break out of that, to give kids a chance to discover nature."

So far, Prescott has raised more than $169,000, so they are well on their way to hitting their goal of a quarter of a million dollars.

If you'd like to donate Ruth Ann Wiley says people can write a check to Prescott School and drop it off at the school or

Donors can also give at

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