March 26 at 2:59pm

Calvin Christian students on track to support ICS

Students at Calvin Christian School in Escondido will be stepping out March 28, raising money for various charities at its annual Walk-a-Thon.

The food program at Interfaith Community Services is among the beneficiaries of the walk. Forty-one first- and third-grade students are collecting pledges to support Interfaith and its food programs serving the homeless. Some of the students will receive donations based on the number of laps they complete.

The grade school at Calvin Christian has held the event for several years, always on the afternoon of Grandparents Day, said Anita Termaat, who along with fellow teacher Pat Medendorp, will lead the third-grade walkers.

“We as teachers thought it was good to instill in our students that service to our community is an important way to serve our God,” said Termaat.

Students in each grade choose a charity to support. Third-graders have always picked Interfaith, said Termaat, because “our church is involved at Interfaith and I thought it would be good to get the children acquainted with the wonderful things that are happening there, too.”

This year, the first-grade selected Interfaith as well.

Some influence came from Laura Cardona, a former student of Termaat’s and a former Interfaith employee who visited the school to talk to students about the agency and its programs.

The walk will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. March 28 at the Calvin Christian High School track. Last year’s walkers raised $1,379 for Interfaith.