Channing Hall students run for fitness and future playground equipment


By Julie Slama | [email protected]

After spotting superhero posters around their school, around 535 Channing Hall students laced up their running shoes to ‘Find the hero within’ as they ran around their playground – 382 miles au total – to earn money for a future playground at school.

Each year, funds from the fun run are used to improve the school in a way identified by the parents’ organization, said Annette Mumford, president of the 2022-23 Channing Hall Parent-Teacher Organization.

“We raised just over $40,000 and that includes student fundraising and sponsorships that we secured,” she said. “We plan to save those funds and then with the funds from the fun run this (school) year, we will combine them to create a brand new school playground. It will cost us between $90,000 and $100,000. »

Mumford said the idea for the new playground came from the students.

“Parents have heard comments from kids, especially those who are a bit older, wanting stuff to play with. It needs to be updated. We want to provide children with a playground with more activities for all age groups and ways for children to exercise, such as with a ropes course, where they use all the muscles in their body she said, adding that the PTO is working with Lucky Dog Recreation on the design of the new playground.

Currently, the same playing field is in use on which the students played when the school opened in 2006.

Through the school’s fun run, the parents’ organization helped the school purchase computers, security cameras and equipment, nets around the playground, nutritional resources, education materials fitness, smoking prevention materials and more.

Last May’s fun run, hosted by committee chairs Alex Wong, Michelle Brinkerhoff and Rachel Martinez, divided the students into three teams. Each of the three teams had students from kindergarten through eighth grade, and each team wore a different colored t-shirt, designed by students Brady Castle and Lily Andrews.

Each class warmed up with a DJ, then they stretched and did jumping jacks. Before they ran, another class came out to cheer them on while stretching before their run. Faculty joined in the race and parents cheered on the runners.

While each student received a granola bar donated by Harmons, along with bananas and water from the PTO, the winning team – the red t-shirt team – received Popsicles after the fun race .

There were also general school incentives, such as a dance party, donut party, and free dress days (Channing Hall students wear uniforms). Additionally, the top fundraising classes could win an outdoor breakfast and Silly String party and the top fundraisers could win free dress coupons and an invitation to a Kona Ice school party.

“This is our biggest fundraiser ever,” Mumford said, adding that the organization also hosts benefit nights at local restaurants and participates in an annual giving drive. “We are hoping to plan a few more events this year to bring in additional funds and perhaps combine as a community event.”

She said the additional funds will help the PTO support annual events such as the Veterans Day program, teacher appreciation week, college talent show, science fair and d other activities, as well as fundraising for new playground equipment.


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