* 100% participation. Make sure your classmates are walking this year!
* More sponsorships! Last year you and your friends raised over 1/3 of the PTA’s operating budget. WOW!
Read more about our School-Wide Goals.
Get involved early! It’s a great way to meet other families and make the event more fun. We are looking for a few lead positions; see the list below. For more information contact the OW Chairs at .
- Raffle Lead
- Technology (shadow the lead)
Volunteer on the day of. Link to sign up coming soon.
About the Otter Walk
When is it?
October 19th, 2018 8am-4pm
What is it?
The Otter Walk is the biggest, most fun, and only community-oriented fundraiser that the PTA coordinates for our school. This is the day where all students, teachers, and parents look forward to walking, prizes, walking, visiting, food, entertainment, and walking!
Why do we do it?
The funds we raise will support our PTA enrichment and community programs, including library, Integrated Arts, computer lab, and much more. We also support teachers with a substantial annual fund for classroom supplies and host many special projects around the school.
How can I learn more?
Students received the Otter Walk packet at the September 7th kick-off assembly. If you did not receive a packet, pick up an extra one at the office. Please read this packet. It contains a schedule, information about collecting pledges, prize levels and a permission slip. Many of the forms are linked at the bottom of this page.
Where do we walk?
This year’s one-kilometer lap will include the perimeter of the school and Montclair Park.
How can my student participate?
To walk, each student needs a signed permission form. We also ask that each child find at least one sponsor. Read more about pledge forms and sponsorships. Help your child contact relatives, friends, co-workers, and neighbors for sponsorships. Sponsors can donate a flat amount or an amount per lap, and all sponsor donations are tax-deductible. More sponsors = more prizes.
Did you say prizes?
Students are eligible to receive prizes at the prize assembly in November. EVERY MES student who comes to the Otter Walk gets a t-shirt! It’s the most coveted clothing item of the year! In-class parties are given to all classes in which 100% of kids show up and walk. Special recognition is also given to classes that walk the farthest, the student who walks the farthest in each grade, the top fundraising student, and the student who collects the most sponsors in the school.
Do parents get to have fun too?
Parents can join in the fun by walking with their kids, shopping at The Otter Shop, volunteering, and signing up for activities hosted by teachers and parents on the Hosted Party Events wall. We will even be raffling off exciting prizes! When the kids take a break from walking, they can look for the Apron ‘Prize’ Person, have their faces painted, refresh with a fresh fruit smoothie from the bike smoothie, or a treat from the Dad’s Club sugar shack. Delicious breakfast, lunch, and snacks are available at our food concessions throughout the day.
Come hang out with friends and get to know others while helping your school. Don’t forget to wear comfy shoes, bring sunscreen, and a water bottle for your child, and don’t forget your credit card for the Hosted Parties. Everything else can be paid for using Otter Bucks (purchase Otter Bucks here). Join us for a great day walking, signing up for hosted party events, enjoying live entertainment, eating and connecting with your community at the Otter Walk.
Questions? Email us at
Otter Walk Chairs:
Otterwalk Links and Documents:
* Click here to see each child’s online fundraising page!
Otter Walk 2019 is presented by Ujama.
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