Jog-a-Thon School Fundraiser

June 11th, 2009 by Ali


About one week ago, my girls’ elementary school had their first jog-a-thon fundraiser and it was a big success! Our school raised a lot of money and because the PTA organized it without help from a fundraising organization, the school got to keep all of the money raised.

The kids seemed to have a great time as well. It was set up so each grade level had their own separate area for running. I went down and cheered on the first grade joggers, including my two girls. The older children ran for the longest period of time. Besides being a great way to donate money to the school, jog-a-thons also helps promote a healthy lifestyle.

I had the girls “train” for the event by running laps around our house & doing various exercises. One day I even set up an obstacle course in our yards, which challenged them not only physically, but cognitively as well since they had to try to remember all of the instructions (I could barely remember them myself, and I was the one who made them up!). It’s not easy to exhaust my girls (huge understatement), but I managed to do it at least for a few days.

Getting back to the topic of school, I think I’ll ask the principal if the school might consider starting a before-school running program. Most of the schools in our district that have started morning running programs, have had a lot of success. One big benefit is that the kids who run seem to be calmer and more ready to learn in the classroom.

So, whether you’re promoting jogging for a school fundraiser, a way for kids to get into better shape, or a way to help kids begin their school day, it seems as if it’s a win-win situation for everyone involved.

Has your kid’s school done a jog-a-thon? If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences.

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3 Responses to “Jog-a-Thon School Fundraiser”

  1. Ali at Chinaberry Says:

    Hi Anne! I really like your idea about having a fruit sale instead of a bake sale. Fruit would be just as sweet (in taste and monetarily) as baked desserts but so much healthier for us all. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  2. Anne Stalfort Says:

    Jog-a-thon , a good idea. With all of us worried about obesity in children, the more exercise the better.

    Several years ago when I was a room mother, I decided to hold a fruit sale instead of a bake sale. We made more money than we had ever made at a bake sale. The kids loved buying the fruit (it was presented creatively) at lunch. For all those doubters out there — the fruit sales raise money and the kids love it. Out with the doughnuts, in with the fruit.

  3. Andy Stockglausner Says:

    GREAT blog! This is great information! I have a great fundraiser idea that my photography company offers. I do a family photo raffle that I have had organizations raise over $10,000 with. Also, a kids art fundraiser that we do. More info can be found at:

    http://www.kidsartfromtheheart.net or http://www.mvp-studios.net

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