Walk-A-Thon funds support Seton alumna serving Chandler community

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Seton Catholic Preparatory students presented a $5,000 check Feb. 5  to Becky Jackson, chief executive officer for ICAN in Chandler, and Melissa Kowalski, a Seton alumna now serving as chief programs officer for ICAN, (courtesy photo)
Seton Catholic Preparatory students presented a $5,000 check Feb. 5 to Becky Jackson, chief executive officer for ICAN in Chandler, and Melissa Kowalski, a Seton alumna now serving as chief programs officer for ICAN, (courtesy photo)

Seton Catholic Preparatory students recently presented ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth with a $5,000 check to help the nonprofit organization continue its mission of providing services to East Valley youth.

The check presentation, held during a pep assembly in the school gym, capped off Seton’s celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31-Feb. 6. Student Council selected ICAN as the beneficiary through research and peers raised the funds by contributing $25 each to participate in the annual Walk-A-Thon, a 3K supervised walk around Seton neighborhoods.

“Seton students were impressed by ICAN’s mission to help kids achieve success by offering a number of positive programs, including after-school and summer programs. They also liked the idea of kids helping other kids,” Seton Principal Pat Collins said. “Realizing their blessings, our students are committed to sharing with others in the community.”

ICAN Executive Director Becky Jackson said, “We are so impressed with the students at Seton for their commitment to the success of the walk and for choosing ICAN as the recipient of their fundraising efforts. The dollars raised will impact our programs that specifically prevent substance abuse, juvenile delinquency and gang involvement in our community—all of which is led by our Chief Programs Officer Melissa Kowalski, who is an alum of Seton.”

The Walk-A-Thon has been held for more than 20 years and concludes with activities and lunch at the Seton field. Over the years, Seton students have designated a variety of charities to receive the funds, including a program that provides bicycles for homeless adults and the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development.

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