Fun Run generates $36,000 for Inverness Elementary School

NORTH SHELBY – Inverness Elementary School’s annual Boosterthon Fun Run event allows students to engage in physical activity while learning important lessons about character—and generating a lot of money for the school.

The school’s latest Fun Run was held Thursday, Oct. 3, with about 630 students in pre-kindergarten through third grade running laps to collect on pledges that had been made by family and friends.

For example, someone could pledge to donate $1 per lap completed by the student. Each student completed as many as 35 laps during the event, generating about $36,000 for the school—well above the goal of $25,000.

IES Principal Christine Hoffman said the funds would be used for technology upgrades and new stage curtain.

In the school’s largest fundraiser of the year, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade students ran for one hour beginning at 8:15 a.m., and second and third grade students began at 9:30 a.m.

Upbeat, popular music and a DJ kept up the excitement, as students completed various laps including a friendship lap where they locked arms with a friend, a parent sing-a-long lap and a backwards lap, among others.

Parents and other supporters lined the route and gave high fives to runners while carrying signs with uplifting messages.

Boosterthon Program Director Vanessa Black said the program also includes a kickoff pep rally and character education curriculum.

Students learned five important character traits during a nine-day program as they completed motivating challenges each night: honesty, gratitude, generosity, kindness and humility.

“It’s incredible,” Black said about the event at IES. “It’s a great turnout. The parents are so involved.”

Also as a result of surpassing the goal, students earned a chance to watch a movie during their lunch period one day and will “slime” Hoffman and Assistant Principal Amanda Hamm at an upcoming date.

“It goes along with our character education traits, and it’s healthy exercise while they’re supporting our school,” Hoffman said.