3rd Annual Orchard Fun Run!

Posted by Corey Burdick on 10/8/2019 11:15:00 AM

Ready to run or cheer? Friday, Oct. 11 marks the third year Angi Murray has coordinated ("with the help of many volunteers so we don't lose any fundraising dollars by having a third party involved!") Orchard School's Fun Run. Murray first introduced the event as a way to align PTO fundraising goals with the District's health initiatives. The response to that first event was so overwhelmingly positive, that the tradition continued.

"It's an event that not only has become our biggest fundraiser, but brings our community and school together," Murray said, "There's nothing better than seeing the smiles on the students' faces as they cross the big balloon finish line."

During the event, fellow students, parents/guardians, grandparents, and staff cheer on participants with high-fives and words of encouragement as they make their way around the course that spans the school grounds. The event begins with an all school assembly, followed by the youngest students running 1 lap,  2nd and 3rd graders, 2 laps, and 4th and 5th graders, 3 laps. Each student receives one ticket toward the grand prize giveaway and every additional $25 in donations means an extra entry into the grand prize drawing as well as eligibility for other prizes. Murray relayed that all of the run's corporate sponsors are local businesses and because of their support, 100 percent of the funds the students raise go directly back to the school.

The event helps fund many Orchard PTO events for all families without cost including the Spring Fling, International Night, the Science Fair, and last year, the PTO brought in the Wonderlee Circus. The PTO also helps with classroom supplies/needs. This year, Murray's goal is to replace a damaged piece of playground equipment with some of the funds. Ultimately, though the run is about celebrating students.

"I've received countless feedback from parents/guardians on how much their child enjoyed the event and looks forward to it each year. Last year, when we announced the Fun Run at the all-school-assembly, the whole gymnasium roared with excitement."

Check back for pictures from this year's event!

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