EDMOND — EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was corrected Nov. 18, 2013, to reflect the correct amount raised by Will Rogers Elementary. The Sun apologizes for the error and any inconvenience caused to readers.
An Edmond elementary school partnered with a youth-empowering organization to raise funds that will support teachers.
The Boosterthon Fun Run is a nine-day program that helps schools raise needed funds for education while inspiring students to live healthy, character-filled lives, said Chris Carneal, Boosterthon founder and president.
“We love watching schools exceed their financial goals with our program, but what really fires us up is developing leaders at the elementary-school level,” Carneal said.
Before the fun run, Will Rogers Principal Sheron House told members of the school community the efforts of staff, students, parents and the Boosterthon resulted in $11,000 pledged profit being raised for the school’s parent-teacher organization.
Susan Barker, vice president of fundraising for the Will Rogers PTO, said the Boosterthon goal was $22,000. Barker said 80-90 percent of the funds will go toward grants that will help Will Rogers teachers buy needed items for their classrooms.
As of Oct. 1, Will Rogers had 869 students enrolled, according to Edmond Public Schools.
Barker said the program includes a kick-off assembly-style pep rally, team huddle days, when the Boosterthon team makes the character theme come to life, rewards students for helping their school and reminds classes about the upcoming fun run and the fun run itself.
Before Thursday’s fun run, the Boosterthon team set up two speedway tracks for the students who put on their Boosterthon All-Star jerseys and prepare for the run. Boosterthon Fun Run leader Aaron Harding led the pre-run activity which included hearing The National Anthem and saluting the American flag, warm-up exercises and safety rules.
Students run for 30 minutes to upbeat, themed music; the maximum is 35 laps. Parents and school staff were part of the official cheer squad. Volunteers checked laps off on the backs of T-shirts and gave runners refreshing water during breaks.
Theme music accompanied a lap dedicated to school superheroes — teachers, staff and parents.
John Ross Elementary School also benefited from the Boosterthon program. Their program, which culminated with the fun run Nov. 13, raised $35,097 pledged profit; the goal was $19,000, said Chrissey Glavan, John Ross PTO president. The school had 680 students enrolled as of Oct. 1.
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