NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) - Students at Negaunee's Lakeview Elementary walked around their school Thursday after collecting more than $7,600 for the school's annual Laps for Lakeview fundraiser.
Lakeview 3rd grader Olivia Richards was one of nearly 700 students who ran, walked and hula hooped on the sidewalks around the school.
"I love running, and I like helping people," said Richards.
Students collected money from family and friends, promising to run laps in return.
"When we do that we get money to help the school," Richards explained.
The school gathered in the gym Thursday morning to say the Pledge of Allegiance, take a picture and get an extra $2,099 donation from Range Bank. Every student got a Laps for Lakeview t-shirt, an effort the Lakeview Parent Teacher Partnership coordinated.
"We have a lot of local sponsors," said Chad Kemp, a 1st grade teacher at Lakeview. "We're so grateful here at Lakeview and especially in Negaunee Public Schools for all of the great community businesses and people who give their time and money to support us."
The $7,600 students raised goes back to support projects they'll enjoy.
"We get money for the playground and going on field trips and stuff," said 3rd grader Braileigh Noskey.
Each class spent about 20 minutes running their laps.
"We do have a big push here at Lakeview to get the kids moving and just promote wellness and physical health," said Kemp. "It's really nice to see the kids pushing really hard, and they love to run. And they talk about how they're going to be the fastest ones. It's just really cool to see the kids get excited about exercise."
After some rain Thursday morning, the sun came out and temperatures warmed up.
"It was really tiring," said Richards. "I got really sweaty. It was really fun though, because I got to run with friends."
After their laps, these Lakeview students earned a visit to the ice cream truck.
"It was really tiring, and we were really thirsty and sweaty," said Noskey.