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One Hour Walk successful despite small attendance

Chandra Greisman

Boone Central TeamMates One-Hour Walk was successful last Sunday despite a small attendance.

The fifth annual walk raised $845 in donations from businesses and individuals, but there were only six walkers making laps around the Boone Central track in strong winds.

The walk was part of a statewide event, symbolizing the one hour that TeamMates mentors spend with their youth each week. An estimated 5,000 people from 60 communities participated in the walk statewide.

When welcoming the participants Sunday, Jeanette Zwiener, TeamMates leader at Boone Central, said community support is fundamental to the success of the program. She saluted the local sponsors, Albion ThriftyWay, Gragert’s Market and Rae Valley Market, and statewide sponsors for helping with the local event.

TeamMates mission is to help students reach their full potential by having weekly one-on-one contact with adult role models in the school setting..

Zwiener said the Boone Central program currently has about 25 active mentor/mentee pairs, “but there is room for many more.”

Boone Central TeamMates have been organized for the past seven years, and serves Boone Central students at both Albion and Petersburg.

The One-Hour walk is the organization’s only annual fund-raiser. Some of the funds are used to help offset participation fees paid to the statewide organization. The proceeds also cover programming costs, a college scholarship for one of the graduating senior mentees, screening and training of prospective mentors, the annual banquet, meetings and activities.

The next big event for the TeamMates will be their annual end of the year Recognition/Celebration Event on Friday, May 2, at the Casey’s building, Boone County Fairgrounds. Tickets are available from Mrs. Zwiener.