Mount Pleasant Walk-a-thon funds outdoor music playground
VINTON–Many adults remember elementary school music class for rhythm band instruments or learning to play the recorder. At Mount Pleasant Elementary School in Roanoke County, music class has moved outdoors with the first “music playground” in the area, including bongo drums, a chime panel, and a Sound Wave machine.
On September 14, the school held its annual PTA Walk-a-thon to raise funds for various school programs. A main focus for the fundraising this year is to add to the school’s collection of outdoor musical instruments. They eventually hope to have fourteen pieces in the music playground.
Their goal this year is to raise $12,000. Last year’s event brought in $10,000 to the school, which has an enrollment of around 350 students.
The Walk-a-thon was organized by Alison Angell, the physical education teacher and walk coordinator, Debbie Lester, the music specialist, and PTA members Scott and Elizabeth Whitehead.
Students from preschool through fifth grade participated in the fundraiser by walking or running laps on the school’s track, as they were sponsored by family, friends, and members of the community. Some were joined by their families on the walk, in addition to their teachers, and principal, Ellen Walton.
Fifth graders began walking at 8:00 a.m. and other grade levels followed throughout the day. At times they were joined by guests from Skate Center, located on Brandon Avenue in Roanoke; by Roanoke County Police Officers; and by Liz Lochbrunner from the Roanoke Symphony.
Mount Pleasant’s music playground and their regular playground were designed by the local firm, Blue Ridge Outdoor Designs. Roanoke County Parks and Recreation have been working with Mount Pleasant by to help fund the music playground through matching grants.