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Range View Elementary School students run Laps for Learning as a part of annual district fundraiser

James Redmond

Between laps, Range View Elementary School students stopped so volunteers could mark their completed laps on their event shirts, tallying each student's total laps in the Laps for Learning fundraiser.

All around the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District Thursday, students got outdoors, ran or walked and raised money for their schools.

It's the only annual fundraiser the Windsor-Severance school district has. In the weeks leading up to Thusday's event students in each school collect flat donations and pledges for them to run for their schools.

"What I really love with (Laps for Learning) is that 100 percent of the funds stay at our school," said Amy Brown, parent fundraising coordinator for Range View's Laps for Learning, Thursday. The kids don't have to sell anything and no company makes money off the event.

In fact, the only thing required is that money raised equal to the value of the shirts, donated by University of Colorado Healthy Kids Club, must be spent on health and wellness related things, Brown said. After each school dedicates the required couple thousand dollars to health and wellness, administrators can use the funds however they want.

This year the school administration hopes to use the funds to increase the number of chromebooks the school has, aiming for a higher number of classrooms with a one-to-one student to chromebook ratio, Range View Principal Shelly Prenger said.

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Last year Range View raised about $13,000, this year they aimed for close to $15,000. However, the school won't know much its students raised until they perform their count next week, Brown said.

However, most of the students didn't focus on chromebooks, they concentrated on the run.

When the second and third grade classes prepared to start on the half-mile course around their school's ground, Prenger let them know a student in the kindergarten and first grade group before them managed to run six laps in the half-hour period. A few students spoke up and proclaimed their intent to run at least that far, too.

The school offered its own awards for students — not only ones who raised the most but which student ran the most and which class ran the most. The awards get students excited and caught up in the friendly competition, Brown said.

Throughout the 30-minute run the students stayed excited and energized, often outpacing their teachers as they ran. Prenger joined in for a lap, and when she wasn't running she cheered them on, high-fiving students as they passed.

"It's not just all about the money," Brown said. "It's about the exercise, being healthy and having fun as a school today."