A misty morning did not stop students from participating in Marian’s annual student-driven fundraiser, Walk-A-Thon (WAT), on Friday, Sept. 27. As one of Marian’s time-honored traditions, WAT encourages students to raise funds to help offset the tuition assistance and technology needs of the school.

This year’s theme was “Color WAT.” Following the traditional walk, students gathered in the Performing Arts Center parking lot for a dance party featuring colorful powders they could throw in celebration, inspired by Color Run road races. There was indeed plenty of reason to celebrate, as students surpassed their fundraising goal of $95,000 by collecting $131,623.

A tradition for more than 20 years, WAT is the only student-facilitated fundraiser at Marian. Each class competes against one another to raise the most money. Goals are determined by the number of students in each class. The event encourages students to be advocates for Marian in helping to fund the costs that accompany the school’s operations.

The classes are competitive and creative in the ways they raise funds. Not only do they ask for sponsorship from friends, family and neighbors, they also host bake sales, car washes, and restaurant kickback nights. In addition, several local companies sponsored this year’s effort, including Ideal Water, Mangia Italiana, Commercial Flooring Systems, Mama’s Pizza, Steier and Associates and Tussey’s Casual Grill.

For their efforts, the students earned not only a significant contribution to their school but also a Halloween movie day, a week of free dress and a free day on Oct. 21.

Thank you to all who supported Color WAT!