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11/4/2013 4:44:00 PM
Bridge walk supports school
St. Mary's Academy photo
St. Mary's Academy seniors Miranda Eisen, Sienna Li, Etain O'Longaigh, Arpana Nautiyal and Julia McCarthy participate in the 2013 Blues Bridge Walk, which raised a record-breaking $105,000 for the school.
St. Mary's Academy photo
St. Mary's Academy seniors Miranda Eisen, Sienna Li, Etain O'Longaigh, Arpana Nautiyal and Julia McCarthy participate in the 2013 Blues Bridge Walk, which raised a record-breaking $105,000 for the school.

St. Mary's Academy students raised $105,000 through the Blues Bridge Walk student fundraiser, which took place last month.

Funds support academic programs, extracurricular and co-curricular activities and tuition assistance.  

Last year's walk raised about $82,000 and this year's goal was $100,000.
"These young women not only reached that milestone but surpassed it," says Alison Lazareck, a St. Mary's special events worker who coordinated the walk. "I am so proud of the hard work and dedication they showed in giving back to the school, and so appreciative of all the parents, alumnae and donors who helped support them."

Now that each St. Mary's student has a school-provided iPad, the 30 student members of the Blues Bridge Walk Committee provided peer-to-peer instruction on using tablets to build online giving pages. Students created 620 pages, in the process learning about Web content management systems and cause marketing.

The three-mile walk went across the Steel and Hawthorne bridges, with some parents and alumnae joining. The school's top fundraiser, freshman Mikaela Foster, brought in $4,125. That won her a trip to San Francisco for her, a parent and a friend.

Devon Thompson, a member of the 2013 Blues Bridge Walk Committee, says the project "is a great way for the whole school to become more aware of the privileges and opportunities that surround us here and provides us with a way to give back and show our appreciation for the education we're receiving."



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