Students raise funds, have fun at Boosterthon run

By Matthew Bernat | May 04, 2017
Photo by: Matthew Bernat Minot Forest fourth grade student Ayla Guilotte takes a lap during Thursday's Boosterthon Fun Run.

With music booming from loudspeakers, cheering spectators and dancing, Thursday’s Boosterthon Fun Run didn’t resemble a fundraiser, it looked like a party. Amid the fun, the PTA-sponsored event raised thousands of dollars for programs at Minot Forest and Decas Elementary Schools.

Now in its second year, the run got cash and blood flowing as students raced around a makeshift track in the field next to Decas Elementary.

Organized by Boosterthon, the run culminated a week of character-building and fitness-focused school activities. The group helps school districts raise money, with a focus on fun and inclusion.

“The character building is so important,” said PTA member Shanna Andrews. “The activities got the kids to think about what it means to be part of their school.”

Students raise funds by collecting pledges or flat donations for how many laps they plan on walking or running around the short track.

Last year, students raised a total of $84,000. Of that, the elementary schools received $44,000 after Boosterthon's fees for hosting.

Andrews said the Minot Forest funds went towards a new playground that was built by volunteers just last weekend. She said the money from this year’s run will be dedicated to outdoor classrooms at Decas. The classrooms will provide seating and cover for students to learn lessons in the fresh air.

“The classrooms get students outside in the sunshine instead of being stuck inside all day,’ said Andrews.

On Thursday, the run lasted for five hours. Minot Forest students were bused to Decas. Boosterthon employees danced, cheered and pumped up the crowd, encouraging all kids to be safe, have fun and show some appreciation to their parents, teachers and each other.

Fourth grade students hit the track for their first lap during the fun run. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Sean Fox, a fourth grader, makes his way around the track. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Fourth grader Ayden Dias Hatch, center, smiles before the starting flag is lifted. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Brendon Tremblay gives a big thumbs up before the run begins. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Friends Hannah Milne, left, and Evelyn Francis take a moment for a picture before they start raising funds. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Aiden Robert waves his team's flag during the fun run. (Photo by: Matthew Bernat)
Comments (4)
Posted by: MDonahue | May 05, 2017 15:19

I love seeing the kids outdoors and was happy to support this event, but please tell me those numbers aren't right - students raised a total of $84,000. Of that, the elementary schools received $44,000 after Boosterthon's fees for hosting. Does anyone know if that included the cost of putting the whole program on, not just collecting the money on the website?

Posted by: Matthew Bernat | May 05, 2017 21:25

Hi MDonahue,

Those numbers are correct. The kids raised $84K total and of that the schools received $44K. The rest went to Boosterthon. I'm not sure what the exact breakdown is regarding fees and costs, but the program the company puts on lasts a week before the event. It's not in the article, but when reporting the story a PTA member told me they're aware the fee is steep. However, with Boosterthon the schools raise significantly more money than with traditional fundraisers. If you have more questions, I'd reach out the Wareham PTA directly.

Posted by: Hairy Buttz | May 05, 2017 22:05


Posted by: cranapple | May 12, 2017 07:09

Thank you Matthew. It was a beautiful day for families and teachers. Thank you for writing and publishing these positive articles. Positively Wareham.

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