Crusaders prepare for Color Walk

Daniela Rodriguez, Staff Writer

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Mater Dei’s first color walk, which is officially replacing the walkathon, is Friday.  For decades, Mater Dei has had the walkathon which allowed students to make a difference in their friends and families academic lives by donating money to financial aid.

The walk will be on Friday, February 2 from 8-10 am on the senior lawn for 36 minutes to celebrate the 3.6 million dollars that Mater Dei has awarded in Scholarships and Tuition Assistance.

Walking as a fundraiser has been in around at Mater Dei for decades. However, last year’s traditional walkathon earned only $20,000 not meeting the goal of $27,500. This year, the new version of the walkathon has high hopes of meeting the goal of $30,000.

While the changes are colorful, Ms. Saavadra comments, “It’s the Walkathon with a makeover” The bigger goal, is to bring attention to students helping students.  Saavadra says that’s the important part. Mater Dei is the most affordable Catholic high school in San Diego county. More than 50% of Crusaders receive some form of tuition assistance to make attending possible. This Color Walk provides students with the chance to help one another.

Andres Septien has helped his fellow students in past Crusader Walkathons and thinks the change was a good idea. “[It] will boost the school spirit because it will bring everyone together in a new way.”

It seems like new was exactly what Mater Dei was hoping for. The goal is to make the Color Walk more fun and exciting for the students by adding a DJ and color to the standard walkathon.

Math teacher Mrs. Baylis, thinks it sounds like an unforgettable time, “I am extremely excited for the Color Walk! I think it is for a great cause and I can’t wait to be part of the experience.”

While the DJ and color will be new, some older rules have come back. Starting in 2013 Crusaders could participate in the walkathon even if they did not fundraise money. The Color Walk goes back to the previous years and students who do not fundraise at least $50 dollars will not be able to attend.  Those students will have a regular school day, with no early dismissal.

Regardless, most students seem excited about the changes. Junior, Adrian Garcia thinks change is good: “I’m glad that the school made the walk more fun and I feel like the students will be more excited about this year.”

For more information, or to donate, visit www.MaterDeiCatholic.MyFunRun.com

 

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