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.
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.
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.
As 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!
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!
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!