By Tara Cavanaugh
This year’s Fun Run raised heart rates and money at Carpenter Elementary.
The annual fundraiser is a combination of fundraising and exercise. Students collect pledges and promise to run during the Fun Run event, which features upbeat pop music, black and gold beaded necklaces (the school’s colors) for the top fundraisers and tokens to spend at a school-wide Chuck E. Cheese visit later in the day. Chuck E. Cheese also donates 15 percent of their profits from the visit.
This year students collected more than $2,000 in pledges, making it one of the best yet.
Carpenter’s PTO organizes the event, providing the speakers, music, a small tent, and a water cooler. This year parent Christie Overgaard led the students in stretching and warm-ups before the run.
Renay Hutchingson, mom to a first grader, joined a line of other parents who stopped by the school to cheer on their kids. “It’s a great event,” she said. “It helps get the kids moving, and it’s fun to see them have such a good time.”
“It’s a community builder, a fundraiser, and it promotes health,” said Principal Charles Davis, noting that nearly the entire school will take over Chuck E. Cheese after school to celebrate the Fun Run success. “At Carpenter, I like to say that we work hard and we play hard.”