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Waikiki Elementary raises more than $20,000 for tech program

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Waikiki Elementary School students worked up a sweat on Friday morning at the "Waikiki School Tech Fun Run".

The students in grades K-6 ran around a ‘marathon-themed' track­– complete with an official race clock and finish line– while being cheered on by parents, volunteers and school staff every step of the way.

"We measured three times around the course equals 1 mile," Lorena Horiuchi, Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) event coordinator said. "They keep running because people are always cheering them on and watching them."

Monies raised will go towards the school's technology program. Students started fundraising in February by asking friends and family for pledge donations. Altogether the school raised more than $20,000 this year, surpassing their goal.

"This is the major fundraiser for the whole year," Horiuchi said. "Big events like this get the whole school involved and gets the kids excited, it's really heartwarming."

Each week students brought in more than $1,000 of fundraising money in hopes of winning one of the many prizes. 

"We wanted to get prizes as an incentive for the children to raise more money," Horiuchi said.  "Each week the top class got a pizza party and also an ice cream party."

Numerous organizations sponsored/ donated prizes to the event including: Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel, Outrigger Hotel, GP Roadway Solutions, Don Quijote, DoubleTree Hotel, Bishop Museum, Dave and Busters, Foodland, and Starbucks.

Some students say the best prize awarded can't be bought. 

"The overall top fundraiser gets to be named principal of the day," Horiuchi said. "They just love it, they love being principal of the day. The kids remember the event and look forward to it. They put their whole heart into it." 

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