OLM took a new colorful approach to their Annual Walkathon.  This year, students were sporting shades, whistles and white t-shirts to kick off one of the school’s biggest fundraisers.  At various stations on the course, parents were ready to color bomb the kids with paint and positive cheers.  The revamped OLM School Walkathon now deemed “Colorthon”, which was held on Thursday, October 4, raised over $13,000, and will be used towards special projects throughout the school.  Students in Grades Pre-K through 2 walked just under a mile around the immediate church/school property while the older students did a two mile route through the surrounding neighborhood.  Students collected pledges from family and friends, with prizes being awarded to the top pledge-earners in each grade.

This new colorful twist on the Walkathon generated huge smiles and major excitement from students, teachers and staff.  According to OLM PTG Vice President, Courtney Cavanagh, “It was a great day! All of our hard work paid off.  I heard many times how this was the best Walkathon yet!  The kids were so excited.  It was such a creative way to breathe new life into the event while still raising money for the school!”

At the conclusion of the walk, students enjoyed an outdoor awards assembly with water and snacks.  The highlight of the event was definitely when both Fr. Healey and Fr. Barrow competed in a shaving cream squirt off.  Students, Thomas Simonetti and Morgan Verdi, aimed and fired squirt guns at both Fathers’ faces.  It was truly a delight for the students and faculty to see this.  Two of the most coveted prizes included the privilege of “Lunch with the Principal” with OLM Principal Scott Fuller won by Devin Lynch and being “PE Teacher for the Day” with OLM Phys Ed teacher David Stefanik won by Bobby Calabro.

Funds raised each year by the OLM PTG, from events like the Colorthon and the annual Spring Fling Auction, are used for various enrichment opportunities to support classroom teachers’ financially as well as to support all extra curricular activities and various community and school events throughout the year.

With a tradition of excellence in Catholic elementary and middle school education since 1951, Our Lady of Mercy School offers its students an opportunity to pursue excellence in academics, athletics and the arts on their journey as young saints and scholars. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Pre-K through Grade 8, co-educational Catholic school located in East Greenwich provides a nurturing, values-driven environment built upon the teachings of the Catholic  Church.