Students at Ball’s Bluff Elementary School put in some serious sweat equity today to raise money for a track on the campus.
The school held a fun run throughout the day and challenged students to jog as many as 36 laps—a little more than 2 miles—around the gymnasium. The students spent the weeks leading up to the event securing sponsors by asking friends, neighbors and family members to donate $1 to $5 per lap run.
By this morning, the students had secured more than $15,000 in pledged donations.
“The outpouring and support has been amazing,” said Flora Barbara, vice president of the school’s PTA. “We wanted to get as many people involved and do something that will benefit the students and the surrounding community. They can all enjoy the track.”
The run, put on in partnership with Apex Fun Run, was moved indoors because of the threat of rain. But upbeat tunes played by a deejay, strobe lights and glow-in-the-dark cones and other equipment kept students’ feet moving.
The fun run got the school about halfway to its ultimate fundraising goal of $30,000, the full cost of the track Ball’s Bluff parents and staff members want to install. They may hold another run next school year.
Ball’s Bluff families have done their fair share of fundraising in recent years. They raised $37,000 over a five-year period to purchase a playground for the school. The play equipment was purchased and installed a year ago.