DATE:October 4, 2019
TIME:After school 2:30-3:45 PM – Color Walk-a-thon
CARNIVAL:4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Games, live music by Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey, and food trucks The Roll Pod, Chicago West Hot Dogs, Mami Tran and Jessica’s Unique Bite
LOCATION:Cherry Crest Track

A World of Colors” Walk-a-thon

We will have a Color Walk-a-thon Party to celebrate Cherry Crest’s 50th Anniversary!

Inspired by the Holi Festival, our theme this year is “A World of Colors” to celebrate the fantastic diversity in our community and the world.

A ton of Fun, Food and Music! After walking many colorful laps, we’ll have a Fun Festival with carnival games led by 5th graders and live music by Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey. Come hungry because we’ll have an awesome line-up of food trucks featuring The Roll Pod, Chicago West Hot Dogs, Mami Tran and Jessica’s Unique Bite.

This is a community-building event as well as a fundraiser and we hope to see everyone there! Bring your family, friends, and neighbors. Everyone is welcome!

NEXT STEPS BY FRIDAY, September 27th


Donate by Monday, October 7th – right here

Our goal this year to raise $50k for our 50th Anniversary. Suggested pledge donation goal is $150 per child.

The Walk-a-thon is the school year’s first fundraiser for the Cherry Crest PTSA.

100% of the proceeds from the Walk-a-thon and other PTSA fundraisers cover things that benefit all of our students, such as:

  • Teacher Aides in the classrooms
  • Curriculum enhancement activities for all grades and classes
  • Field trips
  • Classroom presenters

Also please consider making a donation, sponsoring a teacher’s t-shirt, or covering the cost of your child’s t-shirt.

Help us raise funds by asking your Family, Friends, Neighbors to donate. Also don’t forget to get a company match and double your impact!

Use this sponsor letter to send out to friends and family! 

Student Permission Slip due by Friday, September 27th

***Each student requires a signed permission slip before they can participate***

Click here to complete online permission slip.
Click here to download a paper permission slip to turn in to your teacher. 

Volunteer sign up by September 27th – right here!

This is an awesome and fun event to volunteer and participate with your kids– sign-up by September 27th: We need about 100 volunteers to make this event possible.

There are many opportunities to volunteer. If you are interested, please email the co-chairs Alan Schon and Roberto Linares – walkathon@cherrycrest-ptsa.org


What is the Walk-a-thon?
The Cherry Crest PTSA has three main fundraisers: Walk-a-thon in the fall, the auction in the spring and the Read-a-thon varies year to year. The Walk-a-thon funds the bulk of the PTSA’s working budget for the year. Students collect donations for the event, and then walk laps around the course. It is as much a community-building event as a fundraiser. We hope to see all kids and their families at the event.

Where and when is the Walk-a-thon?
Walk-a-thon is Friday, October 4th. Students will walk the school track from 2:30-3:45 PM (if their schedule permits). All students must have a signed permission slip to participate, due by Sept 27th. Following the walk, at 4:00 PM we’ll celebrate with carnival games, live music by Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey and a fantastic lineup of food trucks The Roll Pod, Chicago West Hot Dogs, and Mami Tran.

Who watches my kid after school?
You are responsible for your kid after school. Each student requires a signed permission slip before they can participate. Click here to complete online permission slip. Click here to download a paper permission slip to turn in to your teacher.

How is the lap system different this year?

To encourage team work, and similar to last year, students will work together with their classmates to walk towards the lap goal for their grade.

The goal is to get 75% of students from a grade to reach their lap goals. Grades that reach their goal will earn an extra recess! The class that gets the most students to reach the goal gets to …more to come!

What are the Lap Goals?
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How do the awards work?
More to come on awards!

What is the suggested donation goal?
Suggested pledge donation goal is $150 per child. Our fundraising goal for this event is $50,000! Click here to donate!

What Food trucks will be there?
The Roll Pod – http://www.therollpod.com/
Mami Tran – https://www.mamitran.com/
Chicago West Hot Dogs – http://www.chicagowestfood.com/welcome.html
Jessica’s Unique Bite –  https://www.facebook.com/burgers98028/

What activities will there be after the Walk-a-thon?
Plans are still being made, but think face painting, Carnival games, live music from Grammy-nominated band Recess Monkey, food trucks and more!

What if it rains on Walk-a-thon day?
We walk rain or shine, so please be sure to send your student(s) in the appropriate clothing and shoes – including rain gear.

Do the kids get refreshments?
Healthy snacks and water will be provided to all students during the Walk-a-thon. During the festival after the Walk-a-thon there will be food for purchase from a few of our favorite local food trucks.

Are pets allowed?
No. Pets are not allowed.

Parking is always challenging, what are other options for getting to school?
Shuttle Information: Westminster Chapel (Westminster Chapel, 13646 NE 24th St, Bellevue, WA 98005) is allowing us to use their parking lot during the Walk-a-thon and festival to help alleviate the impact of our traffic on the Cherry Crest neighborhood and to give families a simple solution to finding parking. Below are the details on the two options we’ve organized using Westminster parking space.

Timed Shuttle: A BSD school bus will provide transportation, free of charge, to and from school about every 30 minutes. The first shuttle will leave Westminster Chapel at 2:00 PM, then continue to make loops between Cherry Crest and Westminster. The last shuttle will leave Cherry Crest at 6:15 PM. The first shuttle will drop off at the stop sign at the front entrance to the school (due to regular school dismissal traffic). All following shuttles will drop off in the bus loading zone.

Anticipated schedule:

Leaving Westminster at 2 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:00 PM, 5:30 PM

Leaving Cherry Crest at 2:15 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:15 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:15 PM, 5:15 PM, 5:45 PM, 6:15 PM

Carpooling: If you need to bring your car up closer to the school, please consider meeting some friends at Westminster and leaving a few cars at the Chapel then driving up to the school in one of your cars. They can always use the shuttle to get back to their car if they need to leave at another time.

Parking at Westminster: Please see the map for where to park. They have asked us not to park in the yellow area. Signs will be put out in the parking lot to identify the space where the shuttle will pick up/drop off.

Where can I park in the Neighborhood?
Please be advised that due to neighborhood concerns there will be two officers patrolling the neighborhood ticketing cars that are in violation of parking regulations. In addition, cars that are parked too close together and do not allow enough space for a patrol car to get through will


It takes 100+ parents, volunteering in shifts to make this event great! 


Give your child permission to participate either online or download a paper form, and tell us where your child will go after dismissal.


Help us reach our goal of raising $50K for our 50th Anniversary.


Double your impact! Ask your company to match your volunteering time and your donation. More details here!


For a quick checklist to get you ready for the Walk-a-thon click here.