Jog-a-thon 2015

Grandma Kc wrote this on March 31st, 2015 26 Replies

This was my 5th year as a volunteer at Jog-a-thon and it was another wonderful event! I spent most of the day with a camera in one hand and a squirt bottle in the other. For those of you wearing a Fitbit I had 16,000 steps by 3PM and had taken 678 pictures! It was the perfect day for it, too. It was a bit cloudy and overcast when we first got there for set up but by the time the races began the sun had burst through. It was warm but only in the mid-70s. There was even enough wind that Justin could film with his quad copter like he did last year. The Friday before had been the mid-90s so we did get lucky!

When I got there one of the Dad’s was unloading the 4 Super Speedy turtles that he had made. He had even brought along a can of paint to touch them up with – a job that Amara quickly took over for him. She had come to school with her folks at around 6:30 as she had a RAK Club meeting to go to at 7. Those Speedy Turtles were the hit of the day. Even the younger brothers and sisters who had come to watch wanted to pose with Speedy! What an amazing Dad to make and donate them!

Amara touching up the paint on the Speedy Turles

The last few years Jenna has put together the music for the students to jog to. She made a CD and they played it over with each new group of runners. Having the music makes it a lot more fun to run. This year the PTA asked the RAK and Leadership Clubs to help suggest the music. Then Jenna carefully listened to each song to make sure that the lyrics were appropriate. It is always more fun when you can get the students involved in the choices.

If you’ve been reading AmaraLand for a while you’ve probably read about all the fun of Jog-a-thon before so I won’t bore you with details of how much fun it is to have a squirt bottle in your hand as the students run by. I won’t tell you about all of the wonderful hugs that I got. I won’t tell you about how much fun it was to watch Kindergarteners on the field stretching to warm up before they ran. I will tell you this is the first year that for some reason the Kindergarteners though they needed to run single file! They were stepping all over one another but they were having a blast. All of the students loved cooling off afterwards with their traditional popsicles. Last year the students raised almost $17,000 to help fund all the amazing things the PTA brings to the school. It will be a while yet before we know how much money was raised this year.

Amara, Justin and Jenna all having fun at Jog-a-thon

If you haven’t read about all the past fun at Jog-a-thons you can read the past posts here.

I must tell you that one of the best parts of the day was having at least 20 students come up and ask me, “Aren’t you the Cat in the Hat?

26 thoughts on “Jog-a-thon 2015

  1. Sandy Siegel

    What an amazing day for the whole family! I am so impressed with the Santiago school & PTA members. The students are learning so much more than just what they need to graduate. They have great role models showing them how team work pays off, & how important it is to be involved in worthy causes, & that it can be fun as well as rewarding.

    Keep up the great work students, teachers, & families! You are an inspiration to others!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      You know there is something about Santiago. While it is a HUGE school (1300 students) plopped in the middle of a very densely populated area – there is almost a small town feel and spirit to the school. It is very special and more and more families are getting involved. As the PTA starts discussing nominations for next year’s board everyone is excited thinking about what next year will bring! 6th grade is often where parents stop being involved and when students stop wanting them to be involved or anywhere near their school. As our gang starts 6th grade next year it will be interesting.

      Next up the Father and Daughter Dance with a Hawaiian Island theme!

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  2. Kristi

    Oh, how fun! Has it really been a year since the last jog-a-thon? I’m glad the weather cooperated. Running in the 70s is much better than running in the 90s!

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  3. Launna

    Oh my goodness Kc… I loved this, I know I have read about these before but it is such a great idea, it definitely should be written about each year. I am not so involved in the school due to my long bus commute both ways but I think this would be a viable option for our children. I am going to send the suggestion off to the school and see if they would think about doing this too… that is of course if the snow and ice ever leaves Nova Scotia….

    I am starting back with my Fit Bit tomorrow, I have started a new contest at work today and I am grateful to get back on track… I sincerely needed to get motivated again after this ridiculous long and nasty weather that doesn’t seem to want to go away… I will have to try out the YouTube video you spoke of πŸ˜‰ (I have charge my Fit Bit today… I can’t wait for Spring to see if I can compete with you) xox

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      While this was my 5th jog-a-thon the PTA has been doing them for a really long time and they are always a hug success. Parents love to come watch and since we do it when the weather is nice they bring little ones in strollers to watch, too. I had one 4 year old who was there with his mom watching his brother run. He had to pose with one of the turtles and he can’t wait to run next year! If there is someone interested at your school you can always give them my email and I will make sure they get lots of help and support!

      I am so glad you are going back on your Fitbit! I highly recommend them for everyone. Jenna lost hers last week so today is her first day with it back on and my grandma friend that sells fruit pops with me got one yesterday, too! Let the competition begin!

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  4. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    As I’ve said repeatedly, this is some kind of wonderful school community you are able to be a part of. Wow. Creativity, fun, exercise, parental support, music, outdoor activities, student involvement – all good things. Congratulations to everyone for a job well done. Now, for those 16,000 steps, I bow to you. πŸ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I seriously think volunteering with the PTA is keeping me younger! I am more active with them and who doesn’t want to hang out with the cool young hip moms?

      I may have had 16000 steps but you had how many inches of snow to shovel this year? My hats off to YOU!

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  5. Olga

    Can only repeat what has already been said. A marvelous school community. Can’t tell you how much I enjoy hearing about it. Amara’s sunny smile — what a wonderful world it would be if every child in the whole world had reason to smile so brightly.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Oh the world would be a different place. One of the things I love most about Jenna is how she reaches out to some of those students who don’t get encouragement from home and she gives it to them. She sure shares the love.

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  6. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Ha! You will forever be THE cat in the hat in the hearts of those kids!

    Those turtles are great! Love it! Fabulous idea to have the kids help choose the music. What do old farts (aka parents and grandparents) know about the music that gets them moving!

    Best wishes for HUGE numbers when the total is tallied.

    Such fun!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I made the suggestion to the PTA that they purchase a Cat in the Hat costume and do it every year! I would do it again in a second! And when the time comes that Amara leaves the school I am sure someone would be willing to take on the job. I thought playing the Book Fair-ie was fun but that was even better.

      Jog-a-thon is a lot of work but it is a lot of fun, too and it does help them to raise a lot of money. Those art programs don’t come cheap but the students sure get a lot out of it that they would otherwise miss.

      Here is to those numbers!

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  7. Mary

    What a fun event and great fundraiser for the school! I love how the families are involved and active together. Again, the school is very lucky to have you and your family a part of their community!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I love that it is like a small community which is so different from the big city we live in. Lots of families get involved and that is the way it should be!

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  8. Joy @ Yesterfood

    What a special day for everyone! Yes, the Speedy Turtles were the BEST- I can just imagine all the cute pictures that were taken along side those fun fellows! Do you have the best school district in the nation? I’m pretty sure you do!! Thank you for sharing another wonderful story!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      They have moved the Speedy Turtles into the Media Center so they stay out of the elements until we need them to come out again. There were a number of parents (and one grandparent) who really wanted to take a Speedy home with them! I want him to make me a giant ladybug like that for my garden!

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  9. Joyce

    Love those turtles! School spirit just bursts out of your blog post! I second what everyone else here has said about the exemplary school you are part of. The open way every member of the family is welcomed has got to be part of its success. Lots of creative ideas, (grand)parental role models and hard work toward meeting lofty goals make such an exciting environment!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I hope you got to see some of the pictures on their Facebook page from this week. It is spirit week and they have dressed differently each day. Today is Western Day and it was so fun to see all the cowboys and cowgirls!

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  10. Stephanie Faris

    How fun! I’d have to do a walk-a-thon. I neither jog nor run! But 16,000 steps…that’s amazing! I had a Jawbone Up until it malfunctioned and 10,000 was a very good day–it would also leave me feeling completely wiped out.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I was certainly wiped out by the end of the day! Between all the steps and just being outside in the sun all day it tired me out! And my legs were tired from bending to pick up tons of little paper cups!

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  11. Nana Diana

    What a wonderful, wonderful event. Your granddaughter is just darling-a wonderful little girl!
    That was a LOT Of steps and a LOT of pictures! I bet you were just completely wiped out! It is so nice to see communities and schools come together for a common cause like that. Those turtles stole the show!!!! lol
    Thank you for visiting me and leaving comments. I can’t reply directly so I am doing it here. Blessings and Happy Easter to you. xo Diana

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Than YOU for stopping by, too! I hope you and everyone has a wonderful Easter! Amara starts Spring Break today so I am hoping to get to see lots of her over then next week. Maybe I will even get some help cooking dinner!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I want those turtles! But it is really cool to think that 10 or 20 years from now they will probably still be using those awesome turtles!

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