Students not only got in some exercise as they participated in Laps for Learning, the annual fundraiser for the elementary schools in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District, but more than $52,000 was raised from the event.
“Students collected pledges from family, friends and neighbors to raise money for school fitness equipment, wellness initiatives and fitness clubs,” said Melissa Duve’, administrative teacher on special assignment at Range View Elementary School in Severance and coordinator for the event. “Each student and staff member received a Healthy Kids Club school T-shirt from our sponsor, Poudre Valley Health System’s Healthy Kids Club. Students were eligible for various prizes based on pledges and participation.”
Students in every elementary school — Range View, Skyview, Mountain View, Grandview and Tozer Primary — from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade — participated in the event on a cold Oct. 5 by running laps round their schools.
The fundraising goal set was $51,000 for the five schools, and a total of $52,306 was raised this year.
Grandview exceeded its goal of $12,000 by raising $13,700, and Range View easily went past its goal of $12,000 by raising $16,904. Tozer Primary exceeded its goal of $8,000 by raising $9,100. Mountain View raised $5,487, and Skyview collected $7,115.
“Each school set their own individual fundraising goal,” Duve’ said. “This was the second year where students collected pledges and walked for the fundraiser. This fundraiser is about incorporating a healthy lifestyle with learning. Students and staff are active and 100 percent of the pledges go to the schools as fundraising dollars. This is the only fundraiser for the elementary schools that solicits funds.”
Tozer Primary principal Shelly Prenger, whose school will coordinate the fundraiser next year, said there might be a new event or Laps for Learning may continue.
“I am going to be looking for input from others,” Prenger said. “I love the partnership with Poudre Valley Health System, and the activity itself promotes wellness. The partnership encourages us to use some of those funds for wellness for our school. As much as it is pretty wide open in terms of what we can do, it does need to relate specifically to wellness. It helps me focus on whatever amount of money that we need to spend, I believe 15 percent of what we raise for wellness, and it’s affording our staff to think about what we want to do and what kind of things do we want to do to support wellness.”
Prenger said the elementary students are the perfect audience for wellness and exercise activities.
“They’re so young and if we can teach them some things that become habit for them, it will only have long-term benefits for them as they grow up,” Prenger said.
The money raised is combined and divided according to each school’s enrollment.
“We feel strongly as an elementary leadership team that we are a district of five elementary schools,” Prenger said. “Even though we are our own individual sites, we do have a care and concern for the group as a whole. It’s not an even split five ways. It’s based on student enrollment.”