Students at Cherokee Elementary cinched up their jogging shoes on Tuesday to participate in the school’s Jog-A-Thon fundraiser.
For every 50-minute class period, a different class put on its physical education gear to jog as many laps as possible within in a 20-minute time frame to help raise money for classroom and other school needs.
Each student participating received a Jog-A-Thon bracelet and a pass to the Tahlequah Skate House, while having the opportunity to earn other prizes, said Cherokee Elementary Parent Liaison Abby Lamons.
“The Jog-A-Thon is an event for students to help raise money for our school to help with classroom supplies,” she said. “We sponsor children on field trips who can’t pay for the trips themselves. We help buy class T-shirts for kids who don’t have the money to buy them. We take on big projects, small projects, whatever it is our school needs. And this is going to be the only fundraiser for Cherokee this year.”
Lamons said students who raises $25 will earn a free T-shirt, while those raising $100 can earn admittance to a skate party at the Tahlequah Skate House, which donated its participation in the fundraising event.
“If you raise $200, you’re going on a fishing trip and you get to keep your rod and reel. For $300, you get a skate birthday party donated by the Skate House and $400 is a limo ride to lunch,” she said. “We’ve had a bunch of great sponsors help to make this happen and help pay for these awesome prizes. The help from all the teachers has been great, and we’ve also had some fraternity guys here from Northeastern State University help us make today happen.”
Members of NSU’s Kappa Sigma fraternity served as lap monitors by punching holes in the card worn around each joggers neck.
“We try to help out with the kids as much as we can,” said Kappa Sigma Community Service Chairman Travis Goldsworthy. “This is one of the first steps we have here at Cherokee Elementary. We’re going to be doing a lot to help out with the rest of the Tahlequah Public School system. It starts out with the Jog-A-Thon [Tuesday] and [Wednesday] and then probably the fishing trip. From there, we’re going to try to help out the community as much as we can. We have a thing called the greater cause. We’re not just the average fraternity. We like to do what we call the greater cause where we’re here for the school, and we’re here for the community.”
Cherokee Elementary Physical Education teacher Trey Blunt participated in the Jog-A-Thon held at Sequoyah Elementary, and said the fundraiser has been a positive event for both the school and its students.
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