By Ashley Rader
The walk-a-thon was a service learning project for Carter Cares, which is the Carter County School System’s After School Program. Carter Cares is open to students in grades K-8, and students from Happy Valley Middle School, Central Elementary, Range Elementary, Valley Forge Elementary, Keenburg Elementary, Hunter Elementary, Unaka Elementary, Cloudland Elementary, Hampton Elementary and Little Milligan Elementary participated in the walk-a-thon.
The walk-a-thon has been a service learning project for Carter Cares for the past four years. After-school counselor Joy Scalf said the project started as a way to help raise funds for the new Elizabethton/Carter County Animal Shelter building project. Now that construction has started, the group decided to use the walk-a-thon to benefit a new animal-focused non-profit agency.
“There is a strong desire among these students to help the animals,” Scalf said. “It is also the desire of Carter Cares to see Carter County become a no-kill county for the animals in the shelter. Even with the huge 90 percent threat of rain, we had a good turnout.”