For the past 3 years, our school has participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run to help our PTA raise money for our playground. What's the Boosterthon Fun Run, you ask? Well, here's a little "blurb" from their site:
So, basically, it's a 9 day (although, this year, because of MLK Day, ours is only 8) of fun for the kids. (Yes, I did say "the kids", and at times, you may get an eye twitch or two, but it REALLY is worth it!)
The first day starts out with a HUGE pep rally to get the students excited and to explain the program to new students who have never participated.
It's about 30 minutes of LOUD craziness (did I mention all the teachers had to go up from and dance?!). The kiddos get SO excited though, and thus begins our "pep" to last thoughtout the week!
After the initial pep rally, our class gets to see the Boosterthon guys each and every day for about 2 weeks. They come into our rooms for little "mini lessons" about character, leadership, respect, etc, and also at that time, announce students who received pledges the previous day/night. Students can get pledges from family members, relatives, family friends, etc. Pledges can be paid on a "per lap" basis or just a flat donation. Generally, our kiddos run 30-40 laps in the Fun Run, but I think they put a "cap" on the laps (for donation purposes) at 30. So, Uncle Bob can say he'll pay little Jenny $1 per lap. Jenny can enter this pledge online, and she then receives a small little prize at certain steps along the way. Then, after the Fun Run, Uncle Bob will pay the total amount of $1 x how many laps Jenny ran (up to $30). Or, Uncle Bob could just donate a flat rate of $10, or whatever...
WHEW! Did I explain it all clear as mud?! :) Let me just say, I'm not affiliated nor do I work for the Boosterthon people, so trying to explain it got me a little tongue tied!
Anyways...it is really fun and the school really loves it. The first year, we raised enough for a whole new set of playground equipment. Now, we're on to raising money for a shade structure, because our poor little playground has about 2.5 tiny trees on the whole thing!
On the day of the actual run, we all get to go outside during the set time (per grade level) and run on a set up track that the Boosterthon people bring. There's a live DJ and the Boosterthon guys are there too. Very exciting for the kids, who are surrounded by female teachers all day! :)
So right now, we're in our first week of our Boosterthon. Not only does the Boosterthon bring excitement to our classroom during the mini-lessons this year, but the excitement is also there throughout all our days so far! (Last year, I don't quite remember my class being sooo caught up throughout the day, but hey, I could be wrong!) My class even wants to do our shared writing about the Boosterthon:
|Good thing our focus this month is on expository texts! This made the perfect "All About..." topic!|
|Donate to our class here!|
Anyways, my kiddos have been working so hard to get pledges, and this year, Boosterthon has started a new thing where teachers can get pledges, too! How neat is that? So of course, I couldn't resist the urge to put it here, on my blog. I'd LOVE any help I could get for my dear, sweet, chocolate chippo hippos :)
Want to donate even a flat $5? (Notice how I'm not asking for any "per lap" donations?? Yeah, I'm not really much of a runner, so poor Ms. Hubbard is going to be doing a LOT of walking around the track :) yes...a LOT of walking...) Click here to go to my personal Fun Run page. Any donations go straight to my class total, so they can be in the running for school wide prizes, like recess with the Boosterthon guys, Lunch Bunch, extra recess, etc.
Thanks for making it all the way through this super long post, and thanks for any donations you're willing to give!
Oh, and if you haven't really learned enough, or want to know more about bringing this awesome fundraiser to your school, you can visit their own site at Boosterthon.com.