Posted: 10/8/2021 - 1 min
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Walk-a-thon details 2021
The walk a thon is a 5k walk/run. Students are asked to get pledges for sponsorships to run. These sponsorships will help each King’s school family earn their fundraising goals, 100% of it goes to credit their account. The school is going to use the money, this year, to rebuild the field pavilion and spruce up the fields in which we are running on!
How the walk is facilitated.
- Pledge forms are sent out to families(already done)
- Incentives(prizes) are given to motivate families to participate. $50.00 gift card for the top $ raised and $25.00 gift card for the second most $ raised. We are also trying some classroom competitions this year in which the class who earns the most will get casual day for a week or Ice cream party.
Preparing to walk
The walk takes place on the sports fields behind school on King’s road. They walk/run 7 figure 8 laps around the fields. In order to keep this from getting boring I have created fun breaks.
- Bubbles: I have machines that continuously blow bubbles
- Music is being played
- Hula hoop jump thru
- Weaving thru poles
- Hay bale hurdles
- Water cannons
- Balance beams
- Pool noodle car wash
- Powder color tossed on t-shirts
- I have teachers assigned to stand by each station and help students out and encourage them to keep going. Parents can also help with this.
These are what takes time to set up the day of and before the race. I also spray paint arrows to give direction to which path the students must follow.
Keeping track of times and laps
Students are given the option of being timed for running the course. I have bracelets for the kids to pick up as they complete a lap and keep track of laps on their own. Mr. Patterson usually records the race and records times and placement. We keep track of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners from each class and those students earn points for their Teams. These teams are the 4 teams the whole school is divided into and compete all year for the esteemed naming of the team of the year at the end of year celebration.
Getting the whole school to the fields
The race begins at 1:00 The kids line up and start traveling over at 12:30.
This is something I put on the teachers to coordinate Kindergarten thru 6th grade must find drivers from parents to help get their kids to the fields. Grades 7-12 walk over with a teacher. I divide each class up and designate a teacher to be in charge. This same process is followed for the return to school at the end of the race. Students need to be back for dismissal by 2:40. IF YOU PLAN TO TAKE YOUR CHILD HOME YOU STILL NEED TO STOP BY THE OFFICE TO SIGN THEM OUT.
Snacks and water
We provide snacks and freeze pops for runners after the race. A water station is set up in between the two fields as the students cross the middle of the figure 8. This station will need to be watched constantly as kids come by and grab cups of water.
The end of the race
After the race everything needs to be removed from the field and put away. Help is appreciated!
The work after the race
After the race day is complete students are given about 2 weeks to collect money and finish their sponsorship pledge sheet. Once we have them in the office I gather the information on the students who win the most money collected prizes. And announce them in a Friday morning celebration. This year I will also have to do it for the class prizes.
The King’s School Walk-A-Thon Color Run Instruction Sheet
What to Wear
Clothing: Any light color shirt; white is best but keep in mind shirts will get a little wet because the color powder sticks better to a damp shirt. Any shorts and running pants can be worn as long as they follow The King’s School casual day guidelines.
Footwear: Wear running shoes. Note - you may want to avoid wearing brand new shoes as some color will get on them.
Eye protection: Students can wear sunglasses or swim goggles to keep chalk out of their eyes. (Volunteers will NOT be throwing chalk above the neck.)
Hair: A few tips for your hair - Treat your hair with a leave-in conditioner before the event, or wear a hat or bandanna. Jump in the shower as soon as you get home after dusting off as much powder as possible. If any color still remains repeat the above.
Your clothes, shoes, and hair should return to their pre color-loving state but it may help if…
- After the event, dust and shake off as much color as possible.
- Rinse your colorful clothes in cold water before running a wash-cycle
- Then, wash as normal.
Avoid breathing in color - Tell your children not to breathe in when passing the color station or they can wear a bandana or mask when they come up to the color station. Again, the color throwers will be throwing color below the student’s neck, and not at their faces, so the students should be fine.
Starch based color powders are water-soluble so whatever powder can’t be dusted off should be able to be washed off with a vigorous shower. These powders are not toxic and, basically, have the equivalent of inert dirt.
The key to this whole concept of the color run is having fun. We will have plenty of water stations and fun music during the event.
Please like and share when Color Run announcements are posted on Facebook to draw the attention of friends and family to encourage sponsorship for students and to raise money for The King’s School.