By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer
As an alternative to traditional school fundraisers, such as candy or cookie dough sales, Shannon Johnson Elementary participated in the Boosterthon Fun Run for the first time on Thursday.
Students raised almost $20,000 by gathering pledges from friends and family, said Principal Lee Anne Browder. Sponsors could pledge a per-lap amount or flat donation toward that student’s Boosterthon Fun Run.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will total nearly $10,000, Browder said, and will be the only fundraiser the school’s PTA will need to conduct all year.
“This program aligns with our school goal of having healthy kids,” she said.
Shannon Johnson was recognized by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools program for the second year in a row. This year, it was one of 267 schools from around the country to be recognized for transforming its campus into a healthier place for students and staff.
Boosterthon allows every student to participate in a healthy fundraiser without asking them to sell products door-to-door, said physical education teacher Kathy Todd.
The program lasts nine days and has three parts.
To kick off the event, a Boosterthon Fun Run team — Awesome Amy, Rockin’ Rebekah, Flyin’ Ryan, Big Time Bryan and Kickin’ Kyra — traveled from Nashville for a week of character-building lessons covering topics ranging from anti-bullying, good sportsmanship and friendship. At the end of each lesson, students earned a character badge, Todd said.
On the day of the event, the Boosterthon Fun Run team set up the speedway, which is 1/16 of a mile per lap. Dressed in their Boosterthon T-shirts, students ran around the speedway for about 30 minutes to upbeat, themed music and parents and teachers gathered around the track to cheer them on.
After each lap, teachers marked off the lap on a number grid printed on the back of each child’s T-shirt.
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