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Sept. 25 Walk-a-thon takes a village & this year we need 60 people

To The Daily Sun,

The Inter-Lakes PTO would like to invite the community to join us on Sunday, Sept. 25, for the annual Walk-a-thon & Fall Festival at the Inter-Lakes track.

This is not only the biggest fundraiser for the PTO, but it also a day of fun for all and a time of great community building. All proceeds from the event go to provide educational opportunities, supplies, and trips for the students of the Inter-Lakes School District.

For those of you unfamiliar with the event, students ask for donations from families and friends in return for walking around the track at the event. We provide free food, games, raffles, and more. All of this is done with generous donations from local businesses that help with monetary donations as well as items for multiple raffles.

This year there are a few things we would like everyone to know, even if you and your family have attended the Walk-a-thon in the past. Instead of prizes at the end of every lap around the track, students will receive a ticket. This ticket can then be used to play a variety of games, in which we will have a prize table, similar to a carnival event. Tickets will also be available for purchase at five tickets for $1.

The Inter-Lakes School District has worked hard over the past few years to go "green" and in support of that mission, every student that brings a refillable water bottle to use for the day will receive an extra ticket to use at one of the activities.

We also decided this year to not give shirts to those who raise money and bring it to the Walk-a-thon. We believe the entire staff and student body at Inter-Lakes Elementary and Middle Tier deserves a shirt. We have an amazing school, and we want everyone to show school spirit and pride. Students and staff will get their shirts on Friday and we ask that they all wear them on Sunday to the Walk-a-thon.

An event of this size takes a village and this year we need nearly 60 people. We are still looking for volunteers to help us with the very busy day. Even if you only have 15 or 20 minutes we look forward to your help. The weather looks great for Sunday and we want to provide shade to many of our stations and are looking for additional "Easy Up" tents. If you are interested in donating an Easy Up for the day or to donate your time to this fun event please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope to see you all Sunday, Sept. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Inter-Lakes track.

The Inter-Lakes PTO

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Isn't it ironic? Trump has made name-calling the base of his campaign

To The Daily Sun,

In a letter published on Sept. 15, Jim Mayotte declared himself and his wife to be "deplorables." As Secretary Clinton was incorrectly "grossly generalistic" in her statement, perhaps Mr. Mayotte and other letter submitters are also doing the same in inferring that she called anyone who supports Mr. Trump a deplorable.

Her quote was, "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophopic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."

She did not call every supporter of Mr. Trump a deplorable. Perhaps Mr. Mayotte wishes to self-identify as a racist, or a sexist, or a homophopic, or a xenophobic or an Islamaphobic, but that is his choice.

Many people supporting Mr. Trump are very forthright in self-identifying as proudly having one or more of these biases and say they support him because he verbalizes these biases and will act to minimalize the groups of people they have these biases against. Yet there are also Trump supporters who do not share these biases and they do not feel that Secretary Clinton's comment reflects on them. It is not being a supporter of Mr. Trump that she considers deplorable but rather it is acting against and demonizing groups of people based on one or more of these biases that she considers deplorable.

Mr. Trump has made name-calling a cornerstone of his campaign, both in the primary process against his challengers and their supporters and now against Secretary Clinton and her supporters. So I find it ironic that Trump supporters, who delight at his name-calling toward others, now are surprised that someone might direct name-calling their way. Perhaps it will give his supporters some appreciation for and understanding of the way so many feel degraded by Mr. Trump's unrelenting name-calling being directed at them day after day.

And Mr. Mayotte, many of them are veterans as well.

Denise Doyle


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