Joanne Benton Memorial Walk
In honor of the late Joanne Benton, former Superintendent of the Wilmington Schools and inspiration behind the event, the Wilmington Educational Foundation has renamed the WEF Walk after Mrs. Benton. The Joanne Benton WEF Walk has become a tradition in Wilmington’s schools. The walk reinforces the Wilmington Public School’s belief in physical activity, healthy eating, nutrition and physical education for all students’ academic success.
Since the first Walk in 2009, this K-5 fitness walk has become the Wilmington Education Foundation’s largest fundraisers. Up to one half of the funds raised for the schools will be given back to each school in order to fulfill the needs and wishes of the school during this current school year.. The remainder of fundraising dollars support the annual STEM Fair for grades K-8 as well as for funding in the areas of Technology, Curriculum, Educator Exploration and Miscellaneous Grants.
Students, kindergarten through Grade 5, are encouraged to ask family and friends to sponsor them in this walk. They are invited to wear Halloween costumes, favorite sports team shirts, or orange and black colors for the walk. Each school will conduct the walk on Wednesday, October 31 during the school day. (Rain date is Friday, November 2).
Sponsor sheets can be found HERE. Sponsor sheets are also distributed to students in the beginning of October. Your tax-deductible donations can also be made online by clicking HERE.