OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH)-- A group of fourth through sixth graders are kicking off their summer vacations by putting on their walking shoes, and hitting the streets. It's a 100 mile trek, lasting just over a week and it's all for a great cause.
"I am going to shave my head if we raise $20,000," said Jonah Colello, Groton.
Jonah Colello is one of forty kids who are hitting the pavement to raise money for the On-Site Academy, which helps Sandy Hook first responders and their families.
"Everyday it seems like we're realizing more and more just how much these heroes need to be recognized on an everyday basis. And these kids are doing a great job," said Jay Soderberg, a hiker.
It's a 100 mile hike over the course of eight days, taking them from New London to Storrs.
"I am really tired but I want to keep going because it's a good cause," said Sophia Rogers, Salem.
"They're a great bunch of kids. I'm telling you, they're just awesome. Nobody's complaining, nobody except me," said Joe Sousa, a volunteer.
The hikers are students at Griswold Elementary and Middle Schools, and the Regional Multicultural Magnet School in New London.
The hikers are about half way through day two. They've got six miles left to go. So far, morale is high but it's up to the adults to make sure that it stays that way.
Each day, the group will walk ten to twelve miles. At night they set up camp and rest up to do it all again.
"I just keep on going. I just like walking. I try to stay away from that rest vehicle and just keep walking," said Ronni Hebert, Griswold.
"By the end of the walk everybody will be tired and glad that it's over with because they're gonna have a lot of blisters. But, they have a lot of fun," said Sousa.
With a little help, the kids walk safely along the route, and collect donations on the way.
"We're up to about $13,000 now and we're really hoping we get to $20,000 so Jonah can shave his head bald," said Soderberg.
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