October 8, 2020
A look back at the Friars’ “Walkathon” 40 school years ago, when 900 students walked 15 miles – at about $2.50 per mile – to help pay for renovations to the Fenwick gym.
“Oak Chips” by Harriet Vrba
(column originally published in the Oak Leaves, October 8, 1980)
I put on my loafers and went walking Friday, accompanied by some 900 students of Fenwick High School.
Fenwick held its first Walkathon that day, and I predict it won’t be the last. The jaunt kicked off the school’s homecoming weekend and, at the same time, raised a nice sum to help pay for the new gymnasium.
The morning of the walk was cloudy and cool. Every once in a while the sun smiled down on the walkers. And occasionally a cloud wept.
When I started the trek, which bordered much of Oak Park and River Forest, the hikers were filled with enthusiasm and raring to go. That spirit stayed with them.
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