Boosterthon raises more than $17,500 at Unionville Elementary

Boosterthon-LogoEAST MARLBOROUGH — Students at Unionville Elementary embraced a new way to build their bodies and characters — as well as help fund new equipment for their school as part of the Boosterthon Fun Run, held earlier this month at the school. Similar events are being run at other district elementary schools as well.

384 students participated in the program, and learned about fitness, leadership and character during daily exercises to prepared for the Fun Run. Funds were raised on the basis of pledges made by family and friends of the students. Unionville students were able to raise some $17,500 whih will help fund new sound equipment for the school’s gym.

“Boosterthon exists to strengthen schools,” said Chris Carneal, Boosterthon’s founder and president. “We do this by increasing funds and inspiring students through engaging character themes like Rock’n Town Live. As a parent, I’ve seen how important community is in my children’s lives. That’s why we’re challenging students to build community in their schools and neighborhoods.”

Instead of selling a product, students simply gather pledges from friends and family for the number of laps they will run at the Boosterthon Fun Run. To adapt to schools’ changing needs, Boosterthon introduced new service options with their Preferred Choice program. Schools can customize their fundraising experience for the best fit. Also, Boosterthon recently introduced a sliding-scale fundraising model, which means the more a school raises, the more it keeps.

The Rock’n Town Live character theme includes music videos that teach students five character lessons about building community: Plug In To Serve, Amplify Others, Listen For Feedback, Play Hard, and Thank Your Crowd. Boosterthon also extends character development throughout the year by giving each classroom a free media pack, which includes a Rock’n Town Live DVD, CD and student workbook that fulfills five national education standards.

As the most inclusive fundraising option for schools, every student is invited to the Boosterthon Fun Run, whether they participate financially or not. Also, when parents register on, their student receives a free gift. And to make pledging easy for sponsors, Boosterthon offers a new mobile-optimized pledging site.

“When schools choose to partner with us, we are committed to delivering a remarkable experience,” said Carneal. “With the best financial results in the industry, Boosterthon enables our school partners to dream big and provide the best educational opportunities for their students.”

Boosterthon’s 2013-14 giveback program, KidFit Salute, provides financial support for military kids hoping to play a fun sport. When students reach a certain level of pledges, Boosterthon will make a donation to provide a kid fitness grant through Our Military Kids, with the goal of donating $25,000.

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  1. SunsetPark says:

    Your photos are not from the UE event. On the day of the event about 99% of the students were sporting their UE t-shirts – blue and yellow tie-dye and, at last check, the school does not resemble the one shown in the background. If you are going to use stock photos, at least don’t caption them as if they are local.

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