Save the date: Ben Rush PTA’s Walkathon is Oct. 3

Debra Sinick and Brooks BeaupainBelow are all the basics you need to know about Ben Rush PTA’s annual Walkathon.  This will help us all get ready, organized and fired-up for an awesome event! And special thanks to our 2014 Walkathon corporate sponsor, Debra Sinick and Brooks Beaupain. Thanks to their $1,000 underwriting donation, 100% of donations will go directly to Ben Rush PTA.

What is a Walkathon? 
The Walkathon is Ben Rush PTA’s main fundraiser for the year. Students raise money by collecting donations and walking/running laps for one hour during the school day on Friday, Oct. 3. Our Walkathon is all about the students – setting a goal, working toward that goal, and feeling proud as they achieve their goal. This event builds community, encourages exercise and allows our children to make a visible contribution to their school. Our goal as a school this year is to walk 12,000 laps – about the equivalent of walking from Seattle to Detroit.

Why do we need to raise money for Ben Rush PTA? 
Ben Rush PTA provides numerous opportunities for our children that would not otherwise be funded by the state or district budgets. Your Ben Rush PTA organizes and pays for Nature Vision science enrichment, IXL math enrichment, geography enrichment, art docent programs, classroom materials, teacher appreciation, and field trip transportation, not to mention events like the Science Fair, International Night and Young Author’s Day. Without your support, such programs would no longer exist. Our goal this year is to raise $40,000, or about $80 per student. 

How do we raise money for the Walkathon? 
To raise our $40,000 goal, we need everyone to ask (and have their children ask) neighbors, co-workers, family, friends, etc., to support their child to help our school with this great event. While that’s a big number, we are confident we can do it if everyone works hard. We even accept online donations! Every dollar counts, so please give what you can. And if your company has a matching gift program, please request a match and you could potentially double your donation.  Ben Rush PTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible.

What else do I need to know?
Friday, Sept. 19:
 We will host a kickoff assembly and Walkathon packets sent home with students. Students will have two weeks to ask family, neighbors and friends to contribute. We hope every family will participate in some way. Every donation, big or small, is greatly appreciated.

Sept. 29-Oct. 3: Please return pledge forms and money in the donation envelope provided to your child’s teacher beginning Sept. 29. The earlier the money is  turned in, the greater the opportunity for your student to win one of our daily prizes! All money should be turned in no later than Oct. 3.  Each student who reaches their goal of $80 will be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing of an iPad mini on Monday, Oct. 6.

Friday, Oct. 3: Walkathon day! All Ben Rush students will walk for one hour during their school day. Please come to volunteer and/or walk with your child. We will have music, food and fun!

This sounds like fun! How can I help?  
We will need a lot of volunteers on Friday, October 3rd! Please contact Joy Jernigan at with your name and email address if you would like to volunteer.