Pancake Run/Walk to Benefit Students in Guatemala

Pancake Run/Walk to Benefit Students in Guatemala

Ava Vande Corput, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

Notre Dame Academy’s first ever Pancake Run/Walk will be taking place Tuesday, April 4, from 3:30 p.m.-7 p.m to celebrate Spring Week.

“The idea started as a Pi Day run but I realized that March 14th was during spring break and could very well always be during that time.  So we looked into Spring Week with all the cool stuff that goes on and decided to help fund the fundraiser that Student Government does every year.  We wanted an event that would bring people together for a fun activity for all,” said Mr. Bryan Konshak, math teacher and Pancake Run/Walk moderator.

Spring Week is a week dedicated to helping out a charity before celebrating  De la BaiFest, the school’s largest celebration for students on Friday at the end of the week.

This year the money raised during Spring Week will be donated to Los Amigos de Patzú, a charity that provides educational opportunities for impoverished students in rural Guatemala.

The organization offers scholarships to middle and high school students to continue their education when they would not be able to do so otherwise.

During Spring Week different events, such as a prayer service, dress-up days and the Pancake Run/Walk, will lead up to Friday’s half-day of classes for De la BaiFest.

To participate in the run/walk, students pay five dollars for an entry fee.

If early registrants paid an extra 15 dollars, they received a shirt and all you can eat pancakes provided by Uncle Pancake.

All the proceeds collected will go to the Spring Week fundraiser, Los Amigos de Patzun, a nonprofit organization that offers scholarships to impoverished students in rural Guatemala.

Students could either sign up as an individual or as a team with the maximum being eight students.

Teams had to create a team name so that they can be placed together, and at the end of the event, prizes will be given out to the teams.

Currently, 129 people are signed up to participate in the event, but there are hopes that more will show up the day of the event.  

The event will consist of two 25 minute heats of runners and walks.

“We are hoping the event is a fun way to bring people together and have a great time. We will have music, food and a great atmosphere which everyone needs,” said Mr. Konshak.