Rain or shine, fun run goes on

October 4, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

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Hazelwood Elementary School students take off running at the school’s 2013 Fun Run.

Hazelwood Elementary School students take off running at the school’s 2013 Fun Run.

A cloudy sky and the threat of rain couldn’t dampen the determination of Hazelwood Elementary School students and staff, as the school hosted its annual Fun Run Sept. 27.

The entire student body hit the playground pavement clad in its best running shoes to participate in one of the PTSA’s largest fundraisers of the year.

Motivated by kid-friendly versions of songs such as Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” and Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us” blaring from speakers, students ran and walked as many laps as they could from 10:15-11 a.m.

Students work to collect pledges from family and friends before the Fun Run, and collect money based on the number of laps a child runs after it’s completed.

Each student received a free Fun Run T-shirt and water bottle courtesy of main sponsor Orthodontic Excellence.

The Hazelwood PTSA expects to collect upward of $15,000 from the event, a significant dent in the organization’s yearly goal of $25,000.

“These funds pay for field trips, fifth-grade camp, P.E. equipment, music equipment and supporting teachers with classroom reimbursements,” Andrea Sanders, PTSA president, said.

The air was filled with energy as kids looked to tally the most laps, but the sidelines were just as electric, filled with supportive parents cheering on their kids with red and black colored pom poms.

“We can’t do it without all the parent volunteers,” event co-chairwoman Beth McDaniel said. “We want it to be a family event, because all of the families at our school band together to support Hazelwood.”

It rained earlier in the morning, but it held off for the duration of the event, something that Sanders said she was eternally grateful for.

“Our prayers were answered,” she said. “I asked, just for that one hour, please don’t rain, and it all worked out.”

The school’s physical education teachers played a crucial role in the event, Sanders said, getting the kids pumped up, and working on their cardiovascular endurance ahead of the run.

While the Fun Run is a great PTSA fundraiser, McDaniel said, it’s also an important avenue to encourage physical activity.

“I do running myself. I have a kindergartener and a second-grader and I’ve gotten them into running,” she said. “It’s all about having a positive, physically healthy experience.”

View a full gallery from the event on the Newcastle News Facebook page: http://on.fb.me/16KrPmI.


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