If you have children, you will do fundraising.
Nowadays we're raising money not just for church, Scouts and extracurricular activities. In these days of shrinking budgets, we also help our schools.
This week Mount Pleasant Elementary School launched a fundraiser with a very specific purpose, supported by a generous friend.
At a high-energy pep assembly, students and teachers met the young people on the Boosterthon team, which supports fundraising and character building. The team will visit each classroom every day for a week to teach various character traits. Its leader, Matthew Haneline, said the goal is to help students appreciate their teachers and school, promote fitness and help raise money.
The fundraising part comes Wednesday, when the students participate in a Fun Run. For about an hour, students will run laps around the school field, enjoying music, theme laps and dancing led by the Boosterthon team. In advance, students will ask friends and family to pledge a dollar amount for each lap completed. The money will help buy eight Smart Boards for the school.
Ron Harper and his wife, Katherine, owned three successful businesses, were pioneers in Flexographic printing, and are substantial donors to a variety of causes. They have focused their giving especially on education.
Through teacher assistant Emily Francis, the Harpers became friends of Mount Pleasant Elementary. Now they plan to give their most generous gift to the school.
Principal Corey Cochran said the school needs 16 Smart Boards, one for each classroom. Smart Boards are amazing. To me, a representative of the technology-impaired-but-still-impressed generation, a Smart Board is like an enormous, interactive computer touchscreen. It can do lots of cool things and is a versatile tool in the classroom.
Ron Harper has pledged that for each Smart Board the school buys through this fundraiser he will buy another. So if the students raise enough money for eight Smart Boards, the Harpers will buy eight more, and every classroom in the school will have one.
At the pep assembly, the Boosterthon team taught the students that a pledge is a promise. They demonstrated how to ask friends and family to pledge their help. The students benefit from this fundraiser, building character and learning the importance of physical fitness.
Like death and taxes, fundraising may be an unwelcome part of life, but this one is for a good cause, teaching good values to our children. If you'd like to help, call the school.