Ladera Elementary holds Boosterthon to raise money

June 20, 2016 by  

A Boosterthon Fun Run was held on May 26 at Ladera Elementary with close to 500 students taking part.

A nationwide fundraising program, the Boosterthon Fun Run is held by over 1,600 schools every year. It encourages character, fitness and leadership. This year’s Fun Run served as a conclusion to the Boosterthon “Big World Recess” nine-day program, which was designed to teach students character via multi-cultural sports.

Ladera Elementary students spent the nine days of Boosterthon getting an in-depth view of how people can be brought together by sports. The students were instructed via documentary-styled videos about how to develop teamwork, humility, endurance and confidence through stories about six young athletes from all over the globe.

According to Boosterthon president and founder, Chris Charneal, this year’s theme, “Big World Recess” has been the most effective in the programs’ 14 years of existence. Charneal explained it this way:

“Big World Recess promotes the side of sports we all love while giving students a rich global perspective.”

While the theme might have been responsible for the increased revenue, it is also likely that schools have also gotten better at using flyer and poster printing services to promote their events. The fundraiser worked out very well for Ladera Elementary with over $15,000 raised over the course of the nine-day program. The money raised will go toward a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) laboratory for the Tustin elementary school.