WEST BRIDGEWATER — Although they are tiny, they were determined. Donning sneakers, sweatbands, hats and event t-shirts, West Bridgewater students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade took their marks and were set to go on Thursday for the Boosterthon Fun Run, where they raised more than $26,000.
Nearly 700 students from the Howard School, Spring Street School and Rose L Mac Donald School ran to raise money for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), which funds several activities for the kids throughout the year.
“Our financial status for the PTO has been dwindling, our bank account over the past few years and this past year has really been tight and we were concerned with having funds for the upcoming year to continue providing different programs and activities that we’ve been supporting,” said Meri Anderson, PTO president.
The PTO funds events throughout the year, such as the Easter Bunny Breakfast, Breakfast with Santa, book fairs, reading rewards and carnivals.
“The PTO doesn’t normally say no, but there’s been a lot more debate because of the financial consequences so this is going to help everything,” she said. “We don’t have anything pegged for it to spend on, but I’m sure everybody is going to suddenly have an idea.”
During the eight-day event, the students received money from donors from 40 states and four countries enabling them to exceed their $18,000 fundraising goal, according Anderson.
The fundraiser was done in combination with the company Boosterthon,which aids schools in fundraising by providing music, coarse setup and enthusiastic Boosterthon team members who hype up the kids through the events. A dj plays throughout the out the run, and each lap the kids are challenged with different things to do, like dancing or jumping.
“This one just seemed to reinforce the good values in the students so it was easy to integrate and it lasted eight days, so it was a lot of build up to the event, where as the others didn’t have the same structure and support.”
After each lap, the kids stop and get a mark on their shirts to keep track of their laps, with a 35 lap cap.
“The best thing about this fundraiser in particular is we don’t keep track by child. The whole class gets averaged out by class, and so you shouldn’t be able to tell which families donated and which didn’t,” Anderson said.
At the Rose L Mac Donald School, because one student wasn’t able to attend, students carried a cardboard cut out of first grader Matty Navin.
The kids high-fived, raised their hands in the air, zombie walked and jumping-jacked their way through the run as parents and teachers supported them on the sidelines.
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