3rd Annual Clark Lane Middle School Walk-A-Thon another success

Students at the Clark Lane Middle School in Waterford participated in the 3rd annual Memorial Day Walk-A-Thon on May 24.

During the two-hour event, 580 students and 50 teachers and faculty, raised more than $25,000. The Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation received a check for $5,750.

Teacher Jay Gionet, event founder and organizer reported that the 2017 inaugural walk, $23,500 raised for charity, including $2,187 donated to TBBCF.  In 2018, students and faculty raised in excess of $25,000 with $3,500 donated to TBBCF.

Gionet now wants to take his lesson plan national. He figures if he can get 50 schools to raise $20,000 each, that would be $1 million for cancer research.

Several TBBCF volunteers, including breast cancer survivor and school volunteer, Sandy Barnes, also walked. Sandy is the mother of math teacher, Kelly Barnes. Barnes and history teacher Mark Higgins were the DJs/play-by-play announcers.

Read Day Staff Writer Mike DiMauro’s May 30, 2019, article at Day of illumination and inspiration at CLMS

Read Kathleen Edgecomb’s  June 8, 2018, feature on Gionet at He gets by with a little help from his friends