Students enjoy the school's second annual Wheel-a-thon May 30

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Lowrie Primary School's 479 students took to the streets May 30 for the two-year-old school's second annual Wheel-a-thon.Opening a new school requires more than hiring teachers, buying desks and choosing books for the library. It also requires creating a community of learners and establishing meaningful traditions. That’s just what the PTA at Lowrie Primary School has been doing since the school opened in the fall of 2012.

Case in point: the second annual Wheel-a-thon, held this year on May 30. Last year, the PTA designed the event as a fundraiser and invited every student to bring in their “wheels” of choice to ride around the school property. Students obliged by showing up with every kind of wheel imaginable, from bikes to scooters to skates — and even a wheelchair.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Wearing her official Wheel-a-thon T-shirt, Claire Keith is all smiles as she mounts her scooter for the schools second-annual event May 30.“Last year was a grand experiment,” event coordinator Carrie Keith said. “This year, we decided to do it as a community event only, just something fun and exciting for the kids. They were so excited.”

Teachers and staff were encouraged to participate as well, and none responded more enthusiastically than Principal Patrick Meigs on his bike, except perhaps for the school’s counselor, Emily Townsend.

“Our school counselor was out on roller skates, which was really fun to see,” Keith said.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Cruz Saucedo is ready to get his wheels turning at Lowrie Primary School's Wheel-a-thon.Next fall, Wheel-a-thon probably will return as a fundraiser, Keith said, as the PTA continues to adjust its calendar and plans for the school year.

“It’s been hard, but it’s been such a fun challenge,” Keith said. “Everyone has such interesting, cool ideas.”

The next challenge, she added, will be to increase community involvement.

“The parents kind of stand on the sidelines and cheer,” she said. “I think that’s our next challenge, to try and get more parents involved. There’s always adjustments to be made. We’d love to find ways to get more parents involved, actually wheeling or walking.”

With the second Wheel-a-thon a happy memory in the school community’s mind, it’s safe to say that a new tradition has taken hold at Lowrie.

“Just wheels and a great time,” Keith said.

By Kate Hoots
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