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Rosedell students run with Rosie the Roadrunner

• Kids take laps at lunch time to earn money for their school.

Posted: April 1, 2008 12:52 a.m.
Updated: June 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.

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With her arm in a cast after she broke it in a soccer game, fourth-grader Ashley Heys wasn't sure she could participate in Rosedell Elementary School's jog-a-thon.

But when the time came to run, she decided to just do it.

"I decided to just go for it, because I love running and stuff," Heys said. She completed seven laps, or about one and three-quarters of a mile, Monday during the school's spring fundraiser, "Running with Rosie."

To participate in the run, the Saugus students found sponsors who pledged a certain amount of money for each lap. As each student completed a lap, he or she was rewarded with an enthusiastic high five from the school mascot, Rosie the Roadrunner.

"It's hot in here, but the kids enjoy it," said parent volunteer Patty Egetoe, the woman inside the big, blue bird suit. "I do everything with my heart. There's nothing better than showing kids a good time."

Money raised from the event will purchase disaster supplies, pay for spring assemblies and fund upcoming field trips, according to Helen Harwood, one of the event's organizers.

"We've done other fundraisers in the past where we sell things, but we wanted the kids to feel like they were really earning it," Harwood said. Plus the event promotes health and fitness, she added.

Hayden Lyznick's uncle pledged $20 per lap in honor of his nephew's birthday. The fourth-grader, who turned 10 on Monday, ran six laps during the jog-a-thon, yelling out "that's $20," "that's $40" and so on as he completed each lap.

"I just wanted to raise lots of money for the school," said Hayden, who had four other sponsors in addition to his uncle. "I like to exercise and it was fun to run with my friends."

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