Students of the Aventura City of Excellence School and the Ada Merritt K-8 Center of South Miami won’t be knocking on neighbor’s doors to sell chocolate or gift wrap to raise funds for their schools this year. Instead, students will raise the necessary money by exercising through Boosterthon, a nine-day program that promotes the importance of physical activity in a child’s life. The program also promotes leadership skills and teaches character lessons along the way.
“We are taking something that people traditionally don’t like, which is fundraising, and we’re taking the focus off of the hassle of selling a product,” said Brett Trapp, vice president of client experience for Boosterthon. “We’re putting the focus where it belongs, which is on the student.”
Boosterthon culminates with a Fun Run, a field day in which students receive sponsorships from friends, family and community members to run anywhere between 30 to 35 laps around a track that is 1/16 of a mile long. The program invites all students to join the run, whether they are participating financially or not.
This year’s overarching theme for the program is “Rock’n Town Live!” which engages students in daily lessons that are music festival themed. Some of the lessons taught by the Boosterthon staff are “Plug In To Serve,” where students learn about the importance of community service; “Play Hard,” which emphasizes the idea of being healthy in mind, body and spirit; and “Amplify Others,” which teaches students to encourage each other with kind, uplifting words.
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“The Boosterthon staff is very professional and in line with the messages that my staff works to teach students as well,” said Julie Alm, principal of the Aventura City of Excellence School (ACES), said it plans to use the money raised to help pay for new technology and mobile carts.
ACES has sought the help of many parent volunteers for Boosterthon. Encouraging success, keeping kids corralled, and ultimately counting funds will be some of the duties.
Alm said ACES plans to use the money raised to help pay for new technology and mobile carts.
If you go
Aventura City of Excellence School
3333 NE 188th Street, Aventura
Date of Boosterthon Fun Run: Jan.30
Times: First Fun Run begins 8:40 a.m.; last Fun Run begins 11:45 p.m.
Ada Merritt K-8 Center
660 SW 3rd St., Miami
Date of Boosterthon Fun Run: Jan.29
Times: Grades K-1: 8:45-9:45 a.m.; grades 4-5: 9:45-10:45 a.m.; grades 2-3: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; grades 6-8: 1:00-2:00 p.m.