April 19 Update
From Dr. Copeland
As you are well aware, this has been a unique year, especially in the area of having parents and guests on campus for various activities. The Boosterthon Fun Run and Color Run Day is another tricky scenario as we work hard to be consistent and limit in-person interactions as we finish the year…yet, we miss having parents here and just hate for them to miss out if they would have liked to come!
All that being said, we think we have a creative way for parents and guests to be able to come watch their child during his/her run time and cheer on the students if they would like! Starting at 8:10 a.m. next Wednesday, the elementary main building carline will be closed off to all vehicle traffic and will become a “viewing deck” where parents and guests can watch the event. There is plenty of room to spread out and find a place to feel comfortable. Guests are welcome to bring a chair! The carline will open back up to vehicles at 2:15 (note this will overlap with the 9th and 10th grade color run).
For parking, the Primary Center Lot, the ELC lot (on White Oak by Wade Hampton), or parking along White Oak Drive will be available. Typically by 1:30 we have several vehicles already waiting in carline, so those vehicles will need to wait on White Oak. In order to give them space (and not hang out onto Wade Hampton), we ask that those attending the event not park on White Oak in the area directly in front of the elementary school building. Thank you for help with that!
We understand many may already have plans for that day, and that is totally fine, but for those who have a few minutes and would like to come enjoy the fun, please come enjoy it from our very own VIP viewing deck! We look forward to seeing you!
April 15 Update
The craziness has begun! Thanks to great participation in Fun Run registration, principals and assistant principals wore clown wigs and rode scooters for a day. What’s next? Stay tuned!
The middle school will have an altered schedule and early dismissal after the Fun Run. Lunch will be at 1:15 p.m., after the Fun Run, so parents may want to send a hearty snack for their students to eat at the mid-morning snack break. Dismissal will be at 2:15 p.m. Late Stay will begin at 2:30 with charges beginning at the normal time (3:25 p.m.)
What about the Fun Run itself? As of today, the forecast for the Fun Run on Wednesday, April 21, is for sun and highs in the 70s. Students will be outside at the Fun Run for approximately an hour (K3 and K4 for 30 minutes). So, what to wear? Here’s the Fun Run Day attire.
- Elementary Students: Wear Fun Run attire all day.
- Fun Run shirt (or another shirt; lap-counter stickers will be used for those without a Boosterthon shirt)
- Loose-fitting pants, capris, jeans, athletic pants, or knee-length shorts
- Socks and athletic shoes
- No sleeveless shirts, spandex, leggings, yoga/skinny pants, tights, sweatpants, sandals or cleats, please
- 6–12 Students
- Boosterthon shirt or shirt in team color (T-shirts or sweatshirts/hoodies are acceptable; lap-counter stickers will be used for those without a Boosterthon shirt)
- Neat and loose-fitting jeans/pants or athletic pants
- No low-riders, spandex, leggings, shorts, yoga or skinny pants, tights, sweatpants (sweatshirt material), or tank tops, please.
- For the actual run
- athletic shoes
- optional: knee-length athletic shorts; until time for the run, wear athletic pants over the shorts
- The secondary run will be a color run. Even after going through the wind tunnel at the end of the run, some of the colors may remain on the fabric.
- A “color free” lane will be available for students wishing to avoid having color dust on their clothes.
April 12 Update
Boosterthon is here! Today students of all ages joined in the fun as we kicked off this 10 day event with virtual pep rallies! Boosterthon team members shared exciting information about registering and gathering pledges, as well as about all the incredible prizes and challenges that are to come in the next few days as we build up to the climax – the Fun Run Day on Wednesday, April 21.
The Boosterthon team has also taken time to create a short video for you as parents! Please take a few minutes to view this very helpful video and then look over the Giving Guide as well. Be on the lookout for more communications as we enjoy the Boosterthon experience together!
March 31 Update
We’re less than 3 weeks away from our first Boosterthon Fun Run! Our goal is to raise $80,000 for BJA with this fun event, and we are working hard to make this fundraiser safe, fun, and successful for everyone.
As we get closer to the big event, here are a few details for you:
- All families can support BJA by either donating, sharing on funrun.com, or both. Students can receive rewards when parents share from funrun.com.
- All students get to participate in the Fun Run day, regardless of financial participation.
- This fundraiser comes with an incredible program for students where they’ll learn about the importance of teamwork, care, courage, grit, and celebration.
Also, did you know that some employers provide corporate matching?
On Boosterthon’s website search for your employer to see if the company will match your donation.
Here are a few key dates:
- April 5: Donating Opens – Register on funrun.com, then share and give!
- April 12: Boosterthon Kick-off Day
- April 21: Fun Run Day for all students
March 17 Announcement
Boosterthon is a high energy, action packed, school-wide event that combines fun and fundraising. In this camp-like experience, Boosterthon team members challenge students with character building activities, motivate them to help their school, and cheer them on at the culminating Fun Run Day. It promises to be a highlight of the semester.
Boosterthon kicks off on Monday, April 12, with virtual pep rallies on all levels (K3–grade 12). It concludes with Fun Run Day on Wednesday, April 21.
At the pep rallies, team members explain the planned experience. Over the next week, students contact friends and family to ask for pledges for each Fun Run lap they run, while Boosterthon team members visit chapel and lunch…and may even hijack some announcement times…to keep everyone updated on progress. They also give out lots of prizes as students reach various fundraising goals.
Fun Run Day is a normal school day—but with a twist. At designated times during the day, students and their teachers go to tracks created on the Elementary Lower Field to take their turn running laps. High school students wrap up the day with a color run. Students and teachers make memories together while supporting BJA.
What is our goal?
Our goal is to raise $80,000 for projects to improve the student experience, such as new desks in the elementary school and upgrades and additional items for the secondary level.
Do parents or students collect money?
No. Families to register at FunRun.com (details coming) and invite friends and family to give. Boosterthon’s user-friendly site gives an easy way for family and friends to make pledges (per-lap or as a one-time gift) for a student.
After the Fun Run, laps are calculated and payment is collected via Boosterthon’s site.
Who attends the Fun Run?
Students and staff participate in the Fun Run at their designated times. Student who don’t get pledges are still a part of the Fun Run.
Do I need to purchase a shirt?
No. Souvenir shirts that were ordered will be delivered shortly beforehand and can be a great memento of the day when used for the lap tallies during the Fun Run. Students may wear a different shirt—they still participate and still get their laps counted, no problem.
Do students have regular class and lunchtime on the Fun Run day?
Yes, students have regular classes on April 21. Schedules are modified if/as needed to allow for the time the students are at the field for their run. (Details coming later for the middle and high school’s altered class schedule.)
Hot lunch for K3 through grade 8 are available as usual—a special sub sandwich is on the day’s menu.
What COVID safety measures are being taken?
We are working to ensure that everyone can safely enjoy the experience. The virtual Kick-off Pep Rally helps us avoid having a large gathering. Updates, challenges, and prize deliveries maintain the same precautions as other interactions throughout the year. Appropriate masking, distancing, and cleaning protocols will be used. During the outdoor Fun Run, grade levels come at staggered times with the same groups of students and staff they engage with each day. Thank you for praying for beautiful weather for the day!
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