Greenvale Park Elementary students and staff are ready to get their groove on.
Starting last Friday and running though Tuesday, Greenvale Park students and staff have been participating in a Move-a-thon to raise funds for their school.
Daniel Groll, a Greenvale Park parent and one of the organizers of the event, said that in years past, the school has hosted a dance-a-thon, but this year changed the name to better suit the activities students participate in.
The Move-a-thon, which kicked off on Friday and will run through Tuesday, is an annual event put on by the Greenvale Park Parent Teacher Organization. PTO co-president, Arleene Gallardo, said that she hopes this year the fundraiser will raise enough money for the school that it will be the only fundraising event that needs to take place.
“The biggest part of this fundraiser is to help teachers,” said Gallardo.
Gallardo explained that even though the funds are spread out among many aspects, most funds will be heading back to the teachers to either give them additional supplies or help fund field trips and corresponding supplies.
“It’s costly for teachers to take kids on field trips,” said Gallardo. “We’re trying to raise money for that.”
On average, this event in the past has raised anywhere from $10,000 to $14,000 for the school but this year she hopes much more is raised. Gallardo explained that this is the first year there has been a committee to organize the event and they hope to raise $25,000 by the end.
Groll said that one of the goals of the committee was to get kids excited about getting people to give. He said that this year there is a map in the cafeteria that shows where all the donations have come from to support the event. Places like Scotland, California and various Canadian provinces have all been marked off on the map and functions as a way to get kids revved up about raising money for their school.
“We have a different focus this year,” Groll said. “We’re trying to do things to keep kids excited.”
Throughout the week, students will be participating in a number of physical activities to get them moving, as well as to earn funds for the school. Different sports, Zumba and a family dance on Tuesday are all activities the students and their families can participate in.
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