Hagemann students collect nearly $3,000 for school at Suson pond event

Hagemann Elementary kindergarteners Rich LaFlamme, left, and Marshall Ems participate in the schools Pond-A-Thon held on April 8 at Suson Park. Students raised nearly $3,000 in pledges for fun fitness the event, which benefited the Hagemann Parent Organization.

Hagemann Elementary kindergarteners Rich LaFlamme, left, and Marshall Ems participate in the school’s Pond-A-Thon held on April 8 at Suson Park. Students raised nearly $3,000 in pledges for fun fitness the event, which benefited the Hagemann Parent Organization.

Hagemann Elementary School students had an opportunity to support their school while enjoying the spring weather at the Hagemann Pond-A-Thon last week, and they did both in a big way.

After collecting pledges for the event, which took place April 8 at Suson Park, students circled the pond at the park and celebrated their efforts in raising nearly $3,000 for the Hagemann Parent Organization.

“This was another great example of the staff and parent organization working together to create a great event that would benefit the school,” Hagemann P.E. teacher Jim Scott, who helped organize the event, stated in a news release. “Also, I talk to my students in class and tell them about the importance of exercise and staying healthy by saying, ‘You will have lots of cars, lots of boyfriends/girlfriends and houses, but that is the only body you will ever own — take care of it.'”

Every student at Hagemann was encouraged to participate in the Pond-A-Thon, which was held during each grade level’s P.E. and music periods, as a healthy activity aligned with a national push in April to limit the amount of time spent watching television. After circling the Suson Park pond for about 35 to 40 minutes, students enjoyed a healthy snack before returning to school.

The HPO plans to spend the nearly $3,000 raised during the Pond-A-Thon to update technology at Hagemann.