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Alexandria Area High School CAPS see the Results of Their Work

CAPS Students see the results of their work

Spencer Hockert, Keaton Kvale and McKayla Petrie, senior members of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and students at Alexandria Area High School are involved in the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS).  As a project, the students selected to work with the Douglas County Car Care Program and develop a fundraising activity.

The students decided to create a “We’ll Walk So They Can Drive” Walk-a-Thon.  The students started by getting sponsors to pay for the silk screened t-shirts to be worn when they went out to seek pledges for the walkers; and to be worn by those who pledged and walked at the event. The t-shirt sponsors included Pehrson Construction, Consulting Solutions, Prospero Institute, Carl Kvale with Edina Realty and Mosquito Joe.

 The students then involved other DECA members and the National Honor Society in getting pledges for the Car Care Program.

The Walk-a-Thon was originally scheduled for November 19th and was to take place at Arrowwood, using the same route used for the Lion’s Cross Country meet.   When the storm on November 19th eliminated that as a possibility, it was rescheduled to Saturday, December 10th.

Twenty-five people participated in the 5K Walk-a-thon on the coldest Saturday this season and had a chance to experience what it means for someone to now be able to drive to work instead of walk.  As a result of the pledges, a total of $3,315 was raised and presented to Douglas County Car Care Program.

To put the whole project into perspective, the students presented Ken Powers with keys for a donated car and experienced firsthand the gratitude of the recipient.