Ready! Set! Run! Jog-a-Thon Set For October 2nd

READY!

Our 8th Annual Jog­-A-­Thon is a just around the corner! “Let your hair run wild!”

The Jog-­A-­Thon is a school­-wide event promoting fun and fitness while raising essential funds for our school. Students will solicit pledges/donations, then run, jog, or walk their way to the finish line. The money raised will support programs that directly enrich students' education.

GET SET!

Fundraising

Students may start soliciting pledges today! There are two methods to raise money. Choose the most convenient method or feel free to utilize both.

  • Online Method: Build a quick, simple, and secure online fundraising page. fter several easy steps, parents and students will be able to email, Facebook, and Twitter their page to friends and family. Students are able to monitor their individual donations as well as their class (or team) donations in real- ­time. Please see the attached flyer to create your personal fundraising page. Create pages early to be entered into weekly prize raffles. Note: Each fundraising page requires a unique email address, so if you are creating a page for more than one child, multiple emails are required.
  • Envelope Method: Students solicit pledges and then collect them on the envelope sent home in Friday's Folder (form also available here). Each sponsor should write their own name, pledge per lap, and maximum pledge. If the sponsor would like a tax receipt, the student should fill out the receipt (donation amount and date) and give it to the sponsor immediately (form available here). Students may also collect flat donations in advance, but should keep the money and the pledge envelope until after the event.

Matching Funds

Maximizing your company’s matching funds is an important aspect of BSCO’s fundraising. Please visit our Fundraising page or a list of local gift matching programs.

Volunteers

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the Jog­-A-­Thon! Please visit Sign-­up Genius to volunteer for the day's events. We need you!!

GO!

Run, Jog, or Walk! Students are encouraged to do their best and have a great time! We support Bonny Slope Elementary with crucial programs and the kids can win fun prizes! Please see the FAQ to answer your questions or email Michelle Huss and Jessica Corcoran.

FAQ

Wait... we just had a Jog-­A-­Thon. Why are we doing it again this fall?

BSCO has rearranged its yearly fundraising schedule and 2015-­2016 is the transition year. From now on Jog-­A­-Thon will be a fall event. This allows the Bridge the Gap campaign (now scheduled for May 2016) to target the specific number left to balance the yearly budget. If Jog-A-­Thon & Auction bring in enough funds, Bridge the Gap will not be needed.

What events are made possible with the money raised? Where does the money go?

All generated Jog-A-Thon funds are used in BSCO’s yearly operating budget. This year, BSCO is budgeted to spend $106,700 on student enrichment, teacher support, community events, community giving, technology and administrative costs. To make it more tangible, here are just some examples of what your Jog-A-Thon dollars provide:

  • All of our teacher support, which includes $450 per classroom teacher to bulk up their classroom with books, materials etc.
  • Teacher grants, including the THPRD Nature Mobile for kindergarten, the sweet little chicks for 1st grade & the Newbery Book Club for 5th grade
  • Supplies & snacks for three class parties for every classroom per year
  • All Art Lit supplies for every student for five Art Lit lessons, plus one cultural assembly
  • Artist in Residence, Author Visit, Science Fair, Field Day
  • Technology, including last year’s purchases of 50 iPads & four charging carts
  • Popsicles at the Back to School Picnic, coffee & pastries at the Welcome Coffee
  • Catered lunch for teachers/staff during conferences
  • Two science presentations per classroom from outside vendors such as OMSI & Mad Science
  • Gas and transportation costs for all field trips
  • Three FREE parent education nights, each with an expert presentation on parenting topics
  • Passports & prizes for Geo Club, charms & supplies for Bobcat Trail Club, pizza & books for OBOB
  • An expert presentation for BSE’s entire staff during a staff development day
  • $7500 in PYP support, including books & hands-on materials for each classroom

Please visit our Business page for more financial details.

What are the prizes?

School Prize: If 20 students in each classroom have a FirstGiving page/envelope, we have an ALL SCHOOL DANCE-A-THON Party with a live DJ!

Individual Prizes:

  • $50+ Presto the Magician
  • $100+ Reptile Man (plus Presto)
  • $250+ Sunset Lane Bowling Party (Plus Presto & Reptile Man)
  • Top "lappers" for each grade get a pair of Nike Elite socks.

RAFFLE at assemblies for all of those who sign up for FirstGiving... Nike Grab Bags!

How does the actual Jog­A­Thon work?

On the day of the event, each class will run, jog, or walk for 20 minutes during a specified time period on our field. There are approximately six laps per mile. Each participant will be issued a bib that will be marked each time the student reaches the starting point, keeping track of the number of laps completed. Each classroom will be given a designated color to wear to help track students and generate class spirit. This year’s theme is “Let Your Hair Run Wild,” so students are encouraged to attend with crazy, creative hairstyles.

Upon completion of the Jog-A-Thon, students will take home their lap bibs as a record of how many laps they completed. Students may then collect outstanding pledges & return their envelopes to the school.

What if it rains? Or is crazy hot?

Rain or Shine, baby! This event will take place regardless of the weather. Participants are encouraged to wear hats and sunscreen if it’s sunny or bring rain gear if it’s rainy.

When do envelopes need to be returned?

All envelopes need to be turned in by ednesday, October 14th o be eligible for prizes.

Do matching funds count toward prizes?

Matching Funds are an invaluable resource to help maximize your contribution and maintain the enriching programs of BSCO; however, they do not count toward overall dollar amounts for individual prize awards.