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Students at Durant Road Elementary School take part in the Boosterthon Fun Run recently that raised more than $40,000 to replace computers at the school.
Students at Durant Road Elementary School take part in the Boosterthon Fun Run recently that raised more than $40,000 to replace computers at the school. COURTESY OF BRANDON PATRICK

Fun Run raises $40,000

A Boosterthon fun run at Durant Road Elementary School in North Raleigh raised more than $40,000 for the school.

The money will be used to replace computers, buy a Smart board and provide mini-grants to teachers who want to do special projects in their classrooms, according to Nancy Tan, the school’s fun run chair.

The fun run was the culmination of a 9-day program that emphasized respecting others, not bullying and showing sportsmanship. From staff reports

Wake County’s Big Sweep begins

Wake residents of all ages are invited to volunteer for the 2013 Wake County Big Sweep starting Wednesday, Sept. 11, through Saturday, Oct. 12.

Volunteers will gather at 21 designated watershed sites to collect litter in Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Morrisville, Raleigh, and north and south Wake County.

Zone captains at each site will provide gloves, trash bags, recycle bags and Big Sweep data cards to track the type and amount of trash collected. The data is compiled statewide by North Carolina Big Sweep and entered into an international database with the Ocean Conservancy. The data is used to target specific audiences for litter prevention education.

During Fall Big Sweep in 2012, 1,023 volunteers cleaned 52 miles of shoreline, park land and roadsides at 25 Wake County watersheds, collecting 14,951 pounds of trash and diverting 4,170 pounds of recyclables from the landfill.

Wake Soil and Water Conservation District partners with local municipalities, not-for-profit organizations and North Carolina Big Sweep, a statewide volunteer effort to make watersheds litter free, as well as the Ocean Conservancy, which sponsors the annual International Coastal Cleanup in more than 100 countries worldwide.

For more information about 2013 Big Sweep, call 919-250-1065 or visit wakegov.com/swcd/involve/pages/bigsweep/aspx. From staff reports

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