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Children at Suisun Elementary trot for turkeys

Suisun Elementary School's Turkey Trot

Fifth grade students race through Suisun Elementary School's Turkey Trot, Wednesday. The event was mean to promote fitness and health among the students while also qualifying each student for a free a turkey give away. (Conner Jay/Daily Republic)

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SUISUN CITY — It was more than just a trot.

Many of the fired-up youngsters preferred to dash around the blacktop Wednesday morning at Suisun Elementary School, going as fast as possible while adult PTA members commented enviously about the seemingly endless reservoir of energy.

Others chugged along in clumps of children, ignoring the brisk morning chill.

Each lap around the school yard netted each child a coupon, which they could turn in to get a shot at one of two turkeys that would be awarded Thursday to winning students in each class, according Suisun Elementary School Principal Monita Williams.

“We are promoting fitness and giving those low-income families a chance for them to get a turkey,” said Suisun Elementary School PTA President Joann Chapa.

This is the first year that Suisun Elementary’s PTA has hosted a turkey trot. The PTA used fundraisers to purchase the turkeys, Chapa said.

The turkey trot was the latest activity in what Williams said was a busy couple of days for the school, which also included the first elections for a student council in a long time. It will give the children an opportunity to take part in helping run their school.

The PTA is also organizing an anti-bullying rally later this year and will join with KCRA-TV of Sacramento for a food drive to help out the Fairfield Food Pantry.

“We are trying to show kids to care for their community,” Chapa said.

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