Friday, October 26, 2001
Kids Walk for Heroes raises awareness and $15,000
On a beautiful autumn day a festive crowd turned out for the Kids Walk for Heroes on Sunday, October 21. The walk raised money to benefit the New York Police & Fire Department Widows' & Children's Fund. It started at the Carlisle School, with the plaza decked out with red, white and blue balloons. The children were thrilled to see the fire fighters and police officers in their full uniforms. The Carlisle Minutemen, with fife and drum, started the walkers on their route, and a large banner, signed by the walkers, was carried proudly behind them. Wearing red, white and blue, the children walked, roller-bladed, rode scooters or wagons, and marched one mile, returning to the school for songs and speeches.
After a sing-a-long of patriotic songs, Judy Guild explained the purpose of the walk and thanked the crowd for the incredible, positive turnout. Next was Deputy Fire Chief David Flannery giving what one Carlisle parent said was a "wonderful message to the children." Officer John Sullivan was the final speaker. Although the total raised by the walkers has not been calculated yet, Marcy Guttadauro said it would be close to $15,000.
The walk was a result of a coffee and bagel brainstorming session among parents Ellen Davin, Denise Dray, Judy Guild, Beth Bourque and Marcy Guttadauro, who discussed ways to help their children do something positive for people affected by the September 11th tragedy. Bourque was quick to point out that the walk was a community effort, and she was overwhelmed with the support they had received. Older students made the posters and the banner, local businesses made donations, and the fire and police departments and the Minutemen volunteered their time. Guttadauro said many children went through their neighborhoods asking for sponsors. She was touched that her son's teacher, Mrs. Swift, donated to each of her students. Children even raided their piggy banks, including nickels and dimes in the pledge envelopes.
Children learn to make a difference
Michele Sobin, who shared the day with her daughters, said it was an event that could "teach children how to make a difference." Lee Means, a three-time parent, noted it was a lively, upbeat event, with a positive feeling. Though parents may have felt overwhelmed at times by the events since September 11, she felt this walk offered children a chance to participate in helping others. It was certainly, as Means said, "a day for friends and neighbors".
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