Memorial Elementary ‘turkey trot’ benefits local food pantry

Memorial Elementary students weren’t “winging it” when it came to their school’s “turkey trot” event, which served as a food donation and toiletries drive, and kick-off of the school’s “giving” campaign.

On Wednesday, Nov. 21, students collected more than 15 boxes of items for the food drive to be donated to the Burlington Community Food Pantry, part of the “People Helping People” agency. The annual “turkey trot” event, which has been hosted by Memorial for decades, is run by parents and students, Principal Deb Dressler said, and much preparation goes into the drive each year.

Dressler said the purpose of the “turkey trot” event is, “To bring parents and children together for a common cause. Families are encouraged to run with their child, or children, and everyone donates food for the local food pantry.”

Parents and students run four laps around the Memorial Elementary building, and receive a certificate with their race times after completing the course. Throughout the school year, students have the opportunity to run the same course to track their progress.

Memorial’s “turkey trot,” Dressler said, is a tradition that continues to help those in need, and is part of a larger giving campaign at the school. As part of the giving initiative, students provide clothing to a “coats for kids” donation drive, and donate items for the school’s “giving tree,” among other causes.

She said at Memorial, “We try to create events that promote caring and giving all year long. It also supports our physical fitness focus for students, as they run different distances at each grade level.”