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Students take a 'fun run' to help their school


Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 04:47 PM
AVON PARK -

The racers took their places at the starting line Thursday, then took off with big smiles and goals of raising money for their school, Avon Elementary.

A 1/16th-mile "racetrack" on the school's playground offered a compact area for students to run and rack up 25 to 35 laps. Students had sought pledges based on the number of laps they completed so they were eager to run for about an hour.

The students got a bit of a break each go-round as they paused while teachers tallied each lap on the students' "Boosterthon Fun Run" T-shirts.

This fundraiser, the first of its kind in the district, was unique because it was operated by the Boosterthon Fun Run, which is based in Atlanta. The program is designed specifically for elementary schools.

The nine-day program builds up to and culminates with the fun run fundraiser, which at Avon Elementary was an effort to raise money for technology in the classroom.

About 75 to 100 parents came to the school Thursday to take photos and cheer on their children, according to staff estimates.

Principal Pam Burnham said all of her school's 589 students participated in the effort.

About $7,000 has been pledged, but the program is more than just raising money, she said, with the Boosterthon guys talking to the students about making good choices and raising everyone's enthusiasm.

The Avon Elementary Parent Teacher Organization paid a $2,000 fee for the Boosterthon event.

PTO Treasurer Dawn Miller said, "I think it was absolutely phenomenal; it lifted the students and the staff coming right back after Christmas break. We started this the day they came back."

From what has been pledged, it appears the PTO will make more with the Boosterthon than from the fundraisers from previous years, she said.

It was great because it wasn't just a fundraiser to sell cookie dough or other products, Miller said, it actually lifted and built up the kids.


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