Hillcrest and Oak Harbor elementary schools hold fundraisers

Second-grader Caidence Meadors participates in Oak Harbor Elementary’s jumpathon Friday to raise money for technology and other projects. - Michelle Beahm/Whidbey News-Times
Second-grader Caidence Meadors participates in Oak Harbor Elementary’s jumpathon Friday to raise money for technology and other projects.
— image credit: Michelle Beahm/Whidbey News-Times

Hillcrest and Oak Harbor elementary schools held fundraisers to benefit worthy causes this past Friday.

Hillcrest held a walkathon, during which students walked and ran around a field in exchange for donations.

Oak Harbor Elementary opted for a different tactic. Students there jump-roped for donations.

“It is a healthy way for the children to help their school,” said Darcelle Carlson, co-president of the Hillcrest Parent Teacher Association.

“It’s basically a healthy activity and it shows school spirit.”

Hillcrest’s walkathon was an all-day school event, and it saw participation by every student in the school. As their reward, first through fifth graders received a rubber bracelet for each lap they completed around the field, and kindergartners received two bands per lap.

The PTA was asking for about $15 in donations from students, and each one who raised that much received a coupon for an ice cream social event the school will be holding

The top earner from each class will be invited to a pizza party with the principal, Paula Seaman. The money Hillcrest earned from the walkathon will be divided between the school’s ASB fund and the PTA.

“We’re raising funds to fund our assemblies, dances, family nights, field trips and our visit from the Pacific Science Center,” Carlson said.

The PTA also gives each teacher a $100 grant every year for miscellaneous purchases for their classes.

“The kids are looking forward to it,” Carlson said.

“It’s something they really enjoy. It’s just fun to watch.”

Oak Harbor Elementary chose to do a jumpathon instead, held inside because of an early morning rain.

Dorothy Day, principal of Oak Harbor Elementary, said that the money they raised from their jumpathon will go toward increasing technology used in the classrooms and funding the School of Choice projects, which include swim classes for some third graders, a multicultural unit some of the second graders are doing and more.

Each student in every class participated in the jumpathon Friday, and Day said that the classroom that earned the most money will get a popcorn party, but the PTA gives each participating student a prize. This year, that prize was a jumping frog toy.

“It’s just really a nice spring activity, cause then it gets them excited about jumping,” Day said.


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