Cortina Elementary School, 19680 S. 188th St. in Queen Creek, will host a Boosterthon fun run event Feb. 24, culminating a nine-day program that raises funds for Cortina and inspires students to live healthy, character-filled lives.
It will start at 8:20 a.m. in the school’s gym.
Students will run, on average, 30-35 laps together to themed music at the school. This year’s Boosterthon character theme is Backyard Box Office, which will introduce more than 1.3 million students in 1,900 schools across the nation to five real-life, inspiring students whose world-changing ideas hope to prepare today’s youth to implement their own ideas.
“In our 15 years of serving schools, we’ve met incredible students with amazing ideas,” said Chris Carneal, Boosterthon founder and president. “And as a father of four, I know that young students don’t always know how to make their ideas happen. Backyard Box Office changes that. It celebrates five kid-leaders who have put their ideas into action, and it gives the students watching a clear path to do the same.”
To provide schools with a premier character education program, Boosterthon teamed up with Character Counts!, a national youth-development program. As collaborative partners, Boosterthon worked closely with Character Counts! to integrate their researched-backed strategies and 20 Character Counts! lessons into the Backyard Box Office video series that showcases five kid difference-makers dedicated to improving others’ lives. They are:
Find A Need: (founder of the nonprofit AidanCares)
Write A Plan: (inventor of the app Spirit, which increases school engagement)
Rally A Team: (founder of Brickshare, a LEGO-sharing organization for less fortunate kids)
Launch It Now: (inventor of the app ReThink, with cyber-bullying prevention technology)
Grit It Out: (youngest person to run a marathon on each continent and Olympic Winter games hopeful)
To maximize the funds raised, schools select their preferred service level: Boosterthon Live, Boosterthon Event or Fun Run You, a school-led innovation of the popular program. Each level includes its own sliding-scale pricing structure so the more a school raises, the more it keeps.
An addition to the Boosterthon Fun Run program this year is the return of its Student Star video. The technology allows parents to cast their child as the star in a short film by uploading his or her picture at funrun.com. Parents can then share their customized video to ask friends and family for support in a fun and light way. Families who create and share their video raise an additional $90 compared to those who do not.
“Parents are busier than ever, and schools are dreaming bigger for their students’ education,” said Mr. Carneal. “That’s why we love creating fun resources like our Student Star video that make connecting with sponsors effortless, while increasing school funding year after year. It’s a win-win.”
As part of the experience, Boosterthon will host a giveback initiative this year called “A Million Students Strong,” which leverages the collective impact of more than 1 million students by donating meals to Feeding America food banks in local communities. Every time a class reaches $30 per lap, Boosterthon will provide three meals to local individuals in need. Boosterthon’s goal is to provide 160,000 meals across the country and raise awareness about hunger in U.S. communities.
For more information about this year’s theme, the Student Star video, “A Million Students Strong” or bringing the Boosterthon Fun Run to your community, visit .
About the Boosterthon Fun Run
Editor’s note: Brandon Patrick is a member of the Boosterthon organization.