5th graders raise thousands for good cause

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) -- A group of students from Leonardo da Vinci School for Gifted Learners is raising thousands of dollars, all for a good cause.

They’re putting their young minds to work on big ideas for the Pi Day 5K.

“We want to see it all come together at the end, and you’ve been working so hard for it,” says fifth grader Savannah Schultz.

Every Monday since December, Schultz and a handful of other fifth graders spend their lunch hour planning.

“I just kind of stand around and help answer questions and guide them in the right directions,” says Allison Hockers, Pi Day 5K advisor. “They plan it all from the ground up. So they do all the letters to the sponsorships, they do all the phone calls, the T-shirt design, the T-shirt color. They do it all.”

The months of planning are all part of the fourth annual Pi Day 5K, which raises money for the Greater Green Bay Habitat for Humanity.

“It’s just really nice to see people who can't really afford their homes, paying a little bit cheaper to get houses built. It's just so nice to watch it all come together,” says Dana Lunde, a fifth grader helping with the fundraiser.

Over the past three years, the group has raised $44,000. This year, they’re hoping to add another $18,000 to that total.

“It's pretty cool just to see what they've done in the past and now we get to do it. So it's just fun to see what we can do this year,” says fifth grader Jacob Hanson.

“Watching their light bulbs go off and they reach their goals. It's great to see them when they see the whole finished produced on race day and see those smiles. It's amazing,” Hockers says.

The Pi Day 5K kicks off Saturday, March 10, at 8:00 a.m. near Grace Lutheran Church, 321 S. Madison St., Green Bay. Registration is open now and continues until the morning of the race.

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