Tartans Trot for School Athletics
By Janet Mitchell, PTF Communications and Publicity Chair
Watching our young Lower School athletes race around tracks on Gateway Field last Thursday, it was easy to understand why this PTF Booster Club fund-raiser was so successful—it depended on our little athletes doing what they do best: running around! Music and sunshine set the tone for these groups, displaying enough energy to run a marathon, to make laps to raise money for our athletic program at St. Margaret’s. In all, more than $14,000 was raised at the 2009 Tartan Trot.
The Tartan kids are an active bunch and the Tartan Trot is a great way to involve our students in raising money for our athletic program at St. Margaret’s. The format is simple: Our little athletes in the Lower School bring home envelopes for friends and family members to make pledges, and based on the number of laps the student completes on race day, they can earn money for our school’s sports programs. The House League that returns the most amount of envelopes is awarded free dress for a day, and of course, bragging rights! This event is a great example of “fun raising” while fund raising!
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On Thursday, Gateway Field was divided into race tracks and kids were separated by grades so they could run alongside their classmates. Each track had parent volunteers marking the student’s shirts for each lap they completed, while other volunteers stood by to offer water to the thirsty runners. Eventually, the students found that pouring the cups of water on themselves and their friends was a great way to cool off and have some fun after the many laps around the track!
A big congratulation goes to Oxford for returning the highest number of envelopes. Although Oxford wins a free dress day, our St. Margaret’s students are all winners. Go Tartans!
The Booster club wishes to thank the Lower school faculty and staff for their cheerful assistance in making this event a success, as well as the dedicated parent volunteers. The school also extends a sincere thank you to all of the people who contributed financially to this fund-raiser chaired by Kelly Collier and Theresa Murray, with parent volunteers coordinated by Barbi Kerry and Bronwen Conway.