Stu­dents raise funds for school play­ground

Sha­mona Creek stu­dents raised $20,000 to up­date the school play­ground equip­ment

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

Down­ing­town stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a fit­ness pro­gram to raise funds for their school play­ground.

Down­ing­town stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in a fit­ness pro­gram to raise funds for their school play­ground.

Sha­mona Creek El­e­men­tary School, of the Down­ing­town Area School District, hosted a Boost­erthon Fun Run event on Oct. 13, cul­mi­nat­ing a nine-day pro­gram that raised funds for the school. More than 600 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the run and other fit­ness events that fol­lowed. Sha­mona stu­dents ran an av­er­age of 30 to 35 laps to­gether. To­gether they raised $20,000 from the Boost­erthon Fun Run. All of the funds will be spent on up­dat­ing the play­ground equip­ment at the school in Uwch­lan.

Boost­erthon Fun Run is a na­tional fundrais­ing pro­gram, cre­ated in 2001, that pro­motes fit­ness, lead­er­ship and char­ac­ter. This year’s Boost­erthon char­ac­ter theme is Back­yard Box Of­fice. Boost­erthon rep­re­sen­ta­tives said it will in­tro­duce more than 1.3 mil­lion stu­dents in 1,900 schools across the na­tion to five stu­dents, whose world­chang­ing ideas help to pre­pare to­day’s youth to im­ple­ment their own ideas.

Dur­ing the Boost­erthon pro­gram, rep­re­sen­ta­tives said Sha­mona Creek El­e­men­tary School stu­dents learned the five steps to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity. Five doc­u­men­tary-style videos taught stu­dents about how to find a need, write a plan, rally a team, launch it now and grit it out through the sto­ries of five kids who they de­scribed as “dif­fer­ence-mak­ers.”

“In our 15 years of serv­ing schools, we’ve met in­cred­i­ble stu­dents with amaz­ing ideas,” Boost­erthon Founder and Pres­i­dent Chris Carneal said in a state­ment. “And as a fa­ther of four, I know that young stu­dents don’t al­ways know how to make their ideas hap­pen. Back­yard Box Of­fice changes that. It cel­e­brates five kid-lead­ers who have put their ideas into ac­tion, and it gives the stu­dents watch­ing a clear path to do the same.”

To pro­vide schools with a premier char­ac­ter ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram, Boost­erthon teamed

up with a na­tional youth-de­vel­op­ment pro­gram called “Char­ac­ter Counts!” As part­ners, Boost­erthon and Char­ac­ter Counts re­searched strate­gies and in­cluded 20 Char­ac­ter Counts lessons into the Back­yard Box Of­fice video se­ries that show­cases five kids who are work­ing to­ward im­prov­ing oth­ers’ lives. Among the ideas, one stu­dent cre­ated an app called “Re­Think” to help with cy­ber-bul­ly­ing preven­tion.

Boost­erthon rep­re­sen­ta­tives said to max­i­mize the funds raised, schools se­lect its pre­ferred ser­vice level: Boost­erthon Live, Boost­erthon Event, or Fun Run, a school-led in­no­va­tion pro­gram.

The Boost­erthon Fun Run pro­gram this year in­cluded the re­turn of its “Stu­dent Star video.” Boost­erthon noted it is the first com­pany in its in­dus­try to use this tech­nol­ogy that al­lows par­ents to cast their child as the star in a short film by up­load­ing his or her pic­ture at www.fun­run.com. Par­ents can then share their cus­tom­ized video to oth­ers. Fam­i­lies who cre­ate and share their video raise an ad­di­tional $90.

“Par­ents are busier than ever, and schools are dream­ing big­ger for their stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tion,” Carneal said. “That’s why we love cre­at­ing fun re­sources like our Stu­dent Star video that make con­nect­ing with spon­sors ef­fort­less, while in­creas­ing school fund­ing year after year.”

As part of the ex­pe­ri­ence, Boost­erthon will host a give­back ini­tia­tive this year called “a mil­lion stu­dents strong.” It lever­ages the col­lec­tive im­pact of more than 1 mil­lion stu­dents by do­nat­ing meals to feed­ing Amer­ica food banks in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. Ev­ery time a class reaches $30 per lap, Boost­erthon will pro­vide three meals to lo­cal in­di­vid­u­als in need.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Boost­erthon Fun Run, visit www.boost­erthon.com.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — BOOST­ERTHON

Dur­ing the Boost­erthon pro­gram, more than 600 stu­dents at Sha­mona Creek El­e­men­tary School learned the five steps to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity. Five doc­u­men­tary-style videos taught stu­dents how to find a need, write a plan, rally a team, launch it now and grit it out through the sto­ries of five kid dif­fer­ence-mak­ers. They are pic­tured danc­ing for fun.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS — BOOST­ERTHON

More than 600 Down­ing­town stu­dents ran in the Boost­erthon Fun Run on Oct. 13 at Sha­mona Creek El­e­men­tary. The Boost­erthon Fun Run was the cul­mi­nat­ing event of the nine-day Boost­erthon pro­gram themed “Back­yard Box Of­fice,” where stu­dents learned from five stu­dents, whose world-chang­ing ideas help pre­pare Down­ing­ton stu­dents to im­ple­ment their own ideas.

Dur­ing the Boost­erthon pro­gram, stu­dents at Sha­mona Creek El­e­men­tary learned the five steps to mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­nity. Five doc­u­men­tary-style videos taught stu­dents how to find a need, write a plan, rally a team, launch it now and grit it out through the sto­ries of five kid dif­fer­ence-mak­ers. They are pic­tured danc­ing for fun.

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