SPARK Fun Run

  • The SPARK Fun Run has become an instant favorite of all of SPARK's fundraising opportunities.  Rather than a more traditional fundraiser that is focused on selling goods to raise money, the Fun Run has instead shifted the focus to character building and enthusiasm for our community!  Over the last few years, SPARK has partnered with Boosterthon.com  to create what we have learned to love, The SPARK Fun Run.  Our students, teachers and community have understood that in order to make money, you have to spend money to solicit the help needed to raise large sums of money to be used within the school.  As we have learned, our teachers are busy and simply can't do everything and in many instances our PTO is stretched thin as well.  Our community supports when they can, but for large fundraising events such as the Fun Run, we need dedicated people who can focus their time, attention and energy to making sure that this event is successful for our school and most importantly for our students.  This is why we love having the support of Boosterthon!

Q & A

  • How does Boosterthon start off the program?

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    The Boosterthon team starts off with a lively, interactive setup on our main turf with grade level peers to get the students hyped about gathering pledges and helping SPARK raise money. Students will get a chance to solve mysteries, work on character building, and get super-inspired to participate.  We understand that the more excited the kids are about the Fun Run, the more money we will raise!

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  • How do kids and teachers stay motivated throughout the week to continue to fundraise?

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    For a full week, Boostherthon teams of two visit each SPARK homeroom class so kids can experience the can't miss character education presentations and get Fun Run updates.  Students are updated on their class pledges and they get even more excited if they meet their class goals where every student is rewarded.  Classroom goals are set by each individual class and teachers have the autonomy to choose the class prize that their homerooms will receive if a new goal is met.  Individual prizes are available for students as well, not just for fundraising but for participation!  

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  • How long does the daily Boosterthon presentation last in each homeroom?

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    Boosterthon character education lessons and Fun Run updates will last approximately 2-3 minutes per class each day.  These trained Boosterthon employees come in, get the kids excited, teach a character education trait, and go on their way.  

    This year, students will learn more about "Curiosity, Confidence, Humility, Practice & Endurance. Teachers will watch a video each day with the students about each character trait focused on during the Fun Run week. 

    Curiosity (10/15): https://vimeo.com/569472219/ed5c3cb701

    Practice (10/18): https://vimeo.com/569472235/49daff5a81

    Confidence (10/19): https://vimeo.com/569472246/4a0269659e

    Humility (10/20): https://vimeo.com/569472260/42b6f3a680

    Endurance(10/21): https://vimeo.com/569472267/49826db17e

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  • What happens on the day of the Fun Run?

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    SPARK will create a Fun Run schedule and location for all students to participate on the day of the run.  Boosterthon arrives to the school early to transform the park across the street with a family friendly DJ that elevates the energy level to astronomical proportions, so with the electricity in the air, students will run up to 35 laps.  At the end, the laps are tallied, smiles abound, parents snap Instagram-worthy pictures, and students are back in class within the hour.   Each lap run corresponds to the pledge the students receive per lap.  The more laps they run, not to exceed 35 laps, the more money they earn for the school.  To stay COVID safe, students will individually track their own laps rather than have their shirt marked by a volunteer.

    This year SPARK will have 6 different Fun Runs each corresponding to a grade level.  Two tracks will be set up where half of a grade level will run on one track while the other half will run on the 2nd track.  We are doing this to provide our kids more room to run and to do our best with being more mindful of social distancing while we are outside. Kids will be running with their masks on but there will be mask free areas where kids can stop, get a drink of water and remove their mask for a few moments before they continue to run.  

    We do require that all parents/guardians watching the Fun Run please wear masks.

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  • What percentage does Boosterthon receive from the school?

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    There is a sliding scale that is used, but Boosterthon will receive up to 36 - 42% of all pledges while the school receives the majority share.  Keep in mind that Boosterthon is providing a service where they organize, present, transform, teach and do all of the things associated with fundraising costs that our teachers and PTO can not do.  These are trained professionals and we have two Boosterthon employees that are with us all day for a full 8 days.  

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  • What have we used the money for in the past?

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    2021-2022 - New Interactive Learning Opportunities, STEM Curriculum, Media Center Updates, Stage Curtains for Fine Arts Programs

    2020-2021 - New Technology for SPARK Students

    2019-2020 - SPARK will be STEMIFY-ing SPARK by providing our students with the latest and greatest that the STEM world has to offer as we build up our resources, STEM book room, manipulatives and Maker Space initiatives. 

    2018-2019 - SPARK saw a new addition to the playground!  The SPARK Sports Court!

     

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Last Modified on October 11, 2021