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Thanks to GYO family for staffing our 'Reach the Beach' effort

To The Daily Sun,

This past Friday evening, residents of Gilmanton and the surrounding communities may have noticed the signage that appeared on various roads for Reach The Beach (RTB) but had no idea what it was all about.

I won't go into a ton of details about the race specifically but it's a running relay race that starts in Bretton Woods and ends at Hampton Beach. Teams of runners will run for a combined 200-plus miles over a 24-hour period. Gilmanton Elementary School is a transition area (TA) for where runners exchange positions on their way to the next transition area. To handle traffic flow through Gilmanton School, the Reach the Beach organization seeks out charitable organizations to provide staff for this event.

For the last several years, Gilmanton Youth Organization (GYO) has been asked to provide volunteers to park cars and record runner times. In exchange for this work, RTB compensates GYO in the form of a significant donation. This is not easy work in that typically there are 475-500 teams of 12 in which we will see (minimally) half of the 5,000-plus participants in an eight-hour period.

This event provides a significant benefit to our community in that the last two years GYO has partnered with Gilmanton Cub Scouts Pack 242 to provide food for the runners. Between both organizations, this one night will net nearly $2,000 in total for these organizations.

On behalf of GYO and Scouts Pack 242, we would like to thank all of our volunteers who gave up a night of sleep and to Reach The Beach for giving us the chance to raise funds without having to focus solely on the parents within our own community.

If you would like more information about how you can help GYO or Gilmanton Cub Scouts Pack 242, email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Patty Cameron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Adam Mini

Gilmanton

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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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