On Sunday, October 4, a group of IXLers came out to support the Millbrae Education Foundation’s (MEF) Walk-A-Thon event. For the first time, all five MEF schools walked together in one location, and IXL volunteers were on hand to support the students as they participated in this fun-filled, family event.
MEF is a non-profit group that supports all five of Millbrae’s public schools. Its 100 percent volunteer staff is comprised of parents who contribute their time and energy for the 2,500 diverse students in the district. MEF donations enable the district to hire staff and support programs necessary for a 21st-century education—programs like technology and music. In fact, two of the schools in the district currently use IXL to enhance classroom learning. Without the support of MEF, many programs like IXL would be cut.
The warm fall weather was a perfect backdrop for the families and children that assembled at Taylor Middle School Field to take part in the walk-a-thon. The walk consisted of three groups: K–2nd grade, 3rd–5th grade, and 6th–8th grade. Mills High School brought their cheerleading squad to encourage the children who were participating, and a DJ played fun music to keep the energy high. Along with many community and business booths and activities, lunch and T-shirts were provided. There was even a Hawaiian shaved ice vendor on-site to ensure the kids had a cool treat after they finished their walk.
IXL supported the day with a staff of 13 volunteers who helped with a variety of tasks, including manning the registration and sales/raffle booth, counting donations, coordinating lunches for volunteers, and cheering the children on as they walked. The day was a huge success—according to our very own Karen Bettucchi [pictured below, at right], Director of Customer Support and MEF Past President, “MEF reached 81 percent of our $200,000 goal on Sunday, with a donation total of $162,000. This puts MEF at almost 40 percent of our annual goal of $400,000. Thank you, IXL volunteers, for helping to make this event so fun and successful!”
By Charla Rodney, Human Resource Manager