Jog-a-thon 2014

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 24th, 2014 24 Replies

Friday was my 4th Jog-a-thon. It was Amara’s 5th but I missed the one when she was in Kindergarten. Since then I have gotten more involved each year and each year, I have had more fun. This was the best one yet. We got lucky again and had wonderful weather. It was a bit cool and overcast in the morning, which meant less chance for the kids to get over heated. By afternoon, the sun had come out but it was a very comfortable 68° and there was a nice breeze.

The PTA Presidents as the day begins

My day started with getting to Amara’s house at 6:15 so her folks could get to the school and start setup by 6:30. Amara had to be at school by 7:30 for Computer Club. They meet before school on Friday mornings and Amara was very excited because that morning they would be working in the MAC lab. She was anxious to see the difference between a Mac and a PC. I just love that she tells me all these things! I love that she belongs to the Computer Club, too.

Amara jogging and having a blast

Getting her there early meant I would be at school early to help with setup, too. There isn’t easy access for water on the field so a couple of dads were busy filling 5-gallon bottles from the hose. When they were done I got busy filling a dozen squirt bottles to get us started, seemed appropriate since I knew I would be using one. Those 5-gallon bottles and those squirt bottles would be refilled many times before the day was over.

Amara and her friend cooling off with popsiclesAs in past years, each group would jog for about 30 minutes after which they were treated to Popsicles. The teachers had fun getting them to stretch and warm up a bit before they got started. Jenna would welcome each group and remind them of the rules. She would check with Mr. Steve that he was ready with the music and then start each group by saying, “GO! And may the odds be ever in your favor”. The students loved it. There were lots of volunteers to help mark off the laps as the students came round and to help hand out cups of water. Plus those of us lucky enough to have a squirt bottle were positioned strategically around the track!

There seemed to be a lot more volunteers this year and a lot more parents and grandparents in attendance. Some of them had done this before and had brought lawn chairs to sit on, some brought sun umbrellas and one family even made a double sided sign to cheer on their two students who would run at different times. I bet next year you see lots more signs!

Amara hugging her Daddy while he tallies lap cards

Once setup was done Justin spent most of his day helping to total lap cards. Having him at that table made it easy for Amara to find him and give him hugs during lunch and at recess. He did take some time out to run his quad copter video camera. He posted it on YouTube and on Facebook. If you haven’t seen it you can check it out here!

Kc and Jenna as the day finally came to a close

Like I said, it was a great day. They won’t know how much money they raised until all of the laps are counted and matched to envelopes but I would say the day was a huge success!

24 thoughts on “Jog-a-thon 2014

  1. Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs

    Awww… I just want to hug you in that photo! So great to see Amara AND her mom and dad, too. What fun. I love this: “GO! And may the odds be ever in your favor”. I can see why the kids appreciated it.

    A very special annual event. Thank you for sharing it — and the super photos — with us.

    Go, and may the odds be ever in your favor! :-D (Love that!)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Justin reminded me that Jenna said that to the first group that ran (5th graders) and they all turned and gave her the salute! It was awesome! I am so proud of my daughter and I had such a good time!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thanks Olga! I wish I could just post pictures of all of the students – they were having such an amazing time. The yearbook team will have fun picking through the pictures – over 500 of them! It is so much fun!

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  2. Launna

    This is awesome Kc.. it sounds like a lot of fun. We had walk-a-thons when I was growing up… it was tons of fun ;-)

    Thank you for you lovely comment :-)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Amara also does the CHOC walk at Disneyland each year with her other grandmother. I think it is good for kids to get involved in fund raising at a young age. I really don’t know who had more fun – her or me!

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  3. Sandy Siegel

    This looks like it was so much fun! Thanks Justin for the bird’s eye view! I loved the music!!

    So glad it was a good weather and you had a great turnout of volunteers and supporters!! I think the odds were in your favor that day!!! :)

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      This would be the absolutely perfect time of year for you to come visit – what about next year? I will let you use my squirt bottle while I take extra pictures! Mark can help hand out Popsicles!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Jenna got him the quad copter for Valentine’s Day – all the geeks at his office have them! He really does have fun with it. I was so glad he brought it along, such a different perspective on the whole thing!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I can guarantee you that I will be making a sign! I’m even thinking I need one on a pole that I can hold up while still manning my squirt bottle!

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  4. An Enchanted Cottage

    How wonderful that so many parents and grandparents are involved! Amara is just adorable. I remember going to Field Day every year when my girls were in school. Of course our Field Days were held later in the year, late May or early June. We could be buried under snow at this time of year – especially this past winter! haha
    Donna

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      See here it is just the opposite! They used to have the Jog-a-thon later in the year, I think in May but it always ended up being so warm that too many kids would get sick. You can’t get them to slow down or take it easy when they start to get over hearted. The schedule this year worked out well as the younger grades all got to run while it was still pretty cloudy and cool. The upper grades ran in the later part of the day when it was warmer and sunny but they aren’t quite as enthusiastic about it and don’t tend to run all out! So it worked great!

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  5. KImberly

    Feeling a little jealous of weather warm enough to allow for squirt bottles. I believe service projects are one of the most important gifts to give children. It really builds confidence. How did Amara like the Macs? I love mine.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I asked Amara how she liked the Mac lab and she was very disappointed that they hadn’t gotten to use it yet. I guess the labs are shared amongst other classes or groups and there was a scheduling error or something. She really is anxious to check them out. I used to work with Macs and always loved them. Someday I’ll have another one! She was happy to tell me all about Excel and rows and columns! I am so glad she loves this stuff!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Justin’s cool factor as a Dad went up when those kids saw him flying it! It really is a neat perspective!

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  6. Joyce

    With the amount of hard work and enthusiasm from so many, this Jog-a-thon cannot help but be a success! Amara looks so happy! I’m glad the number of family members who participate is growing – I am thinking that you may have had a lot to do with reeling in some new grandparents!
    What a happy, wholesome family event – and for such a good cause!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      One of the PTA Moms commented, “It really does take a village”. It really was a lot of work but worth every bit of effort! Just totaling all of the lap cards and matching them up to the envelopes – for 1300 students was a lot of work. Now collecting and counting all of the money. Whew! But like you said, a great cause – our kids!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      All the volunteers think that Jog-a-thon is the best event of the year! Everyone has fun – even little brothers and sisters in their strollers watching from the sideline! Still waiting on the last of the envelopes to be returned and tallied but that won’t happen until after spring break.

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