Students in the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District are fascinated when they see their principals up on the roof.
Tozer Primary School’s Shelly Prenger, Grandview Elementary’s Dave Grubbs and Mountain View Elementary’s Michelle Bigler spent most or some of their day Oct. 24-25 on the roof of their respective schools to reward their students for their Laps for Learning fundraising efforts.
Grandview (420 students) raised $11,500, Tozer (410 students) raised $10,700 and Mountain View (331 students) came in with $7,158. As a whole, the five elementary schools brought in more than $53,000 with Range View Elementary (630 students) in Severance leading the way with $17,700. Skyview Elementary (363 students) raised $6,204.
One-hundred percent of the money will stay at the schools to purchase equipment for the physical education department as well as other items that the schools need.
Prenger said telling the students she’d climb up on the roof would be a motivation tool for them.
“At Tozer, it totally motivated them. They were all excited about it,” Prenger said. “There was more laughing and giggling than I’ve seen in a very long time. It was so worth it. They were great.”
Laps for Learning, which took place Oct. 11 around the district, was a way for kids to raise money as they ran or walked for 30 minutes at the school site. The kids went out and got pledges for participating and the schools worked with Healthy Kids Club, which provided free T-shirts to kids and staff. Every kid received a free T-shirt whether they brought in pledges or not, and Healthy Kids Club made a deal with the schools that it would provide the free T-shirts if a percentage of the proceeds from the fundraiser went toward something healthy in the schools.
Healthy Kids Club is a community health program sponsored by University of Colorado Health. Healthy Kids Club works with schools and youth-serving agencies to promote health, physical activity and nutrition. Current programs and initiatives include the Schools on the Move Challenge, the Healthy Kids Run Series, walkathon fundraisers, Fit Families on the Move, Girls Gotta Run, after school programs, standard’s based health education, and “Healthy Kids News,” a monthly newsletter for families.
“I think it’s a great fundraiser because, bottom line, it promotes wellness,” Prenger said. “I believe that our students are at the perfect age to focus on and promote wellness. We put back money from the fundraiser into wellness for our buildings. Every building chooses different things that they’re going to do to focus on that wellness piece throughout the year.”
Prenger said Tozer is going to purchase playground equipment and PE equipment such as balls and jump ropes.
“This year we’re doing monthly fresh fruit Friday, so the kids are going to get some kind of fresh fruit one time a month as a snack outside of lunch,” Prenger said. “We’re utilizing our wellness monies for that.”
Tammy Zeller, the Laps for Learning fundraiser chairwoman whose daughter is in the fourth grade at Mountain View, said she likes the pledge-type fundraiser as opposed to kids selling items such as candy, cookie dough or wrapping paper.
“When you sell things, you’re only getting 50 percent of your money back,” Zeller said. “When you do these straight-pledge fundraisers, 100 percent of the money is going through to the schools. It gives the kids an activity, a fun day to have. They do their walk and they’re getting healthy.”
Grandview parent Lance Brittan brought a forklift to school from his construction business and lifted Grubbs up onto the roof.
“I did think it would be fun for the kids to visually see me get up there,” Grubbs said. “I had a camping chair, a table, backpack with some goodies with me so they could see me take all my gear for the day. I hopped off the forklift and onto the roof, and they all cheered, laughed and waved. It was pretty peaceful up there. I had my laptop, and took care of some email issues, some phone calls from my cell phone and enjoyed some beautiful Colorado weather.”