CALLAWAY–A celebration was held last Friday morning in the Callaway school assembly hall to celebrate the success of the Callaway Walk-a-Thon that took place on Wednesday April 27th. The student body and community members along with local firefighters were excited to see the check presentation that totaled $11,633.00. Organizers said donations were still coming in so the total on Friday was not final.
The school and community of Callaway held the public Walk-A-Thon to raise financial support for the Callaway Volunteer Fire Department. The event organizers also wanted to say ‘thank you’ to those who helped stop the fires on Thursday, March 24, 2022.
Multiple homes and structures were threatened during the March 24 fire but none were destroyed thanks to the help of multiple fire departments and aerial support. Fire crews from multiple communities stayed on the scene throughout the night and into the next afternoon to monitor hotspots. To honor the 17 hours spent on the scene of the fires, the Walk-A-Thon was held for 17 hours as well. Collectively the walkers traveled nearly 1,000 miles!
Wendy Dockweiler’s home was one of more than 10 structures threatened by the fires. Wendy is a Callaway elementary teacher and one of several staff members who helped organize the event. She sends a big thank you to the community for helping collaborate and promoting something good. She admires how teachers and event organizers have shared their passions and their ideas to put the Walk-A-Thon together.