PURPOSE Gemini’s Jog-A-Thon (JAT) is held to raise funds for the replacement of our playgrounds. The budgeted goal for this year’s JAT is $15,000.
HOW IT WORKS During a 45-minute (30 for Kindergarten) time period, each child will run, walk or jog around Gemini’s track that is half the size of a soccer field as many times as they can! Students will ask people to sponsor them for a certain amount of money per lap or make a single donation.
STUDENTS - Your Job GET SPONSORS! Ask family and friends to pledge money for each lap that is completed or a fixed amount, regardless of how many laps are completed. Parents bring the pledge envelope to work for a few days to get donations from colleagues, students ask your family, friends and neighbors.
DAY OF EVENT Wear COMFORTABLE CLOTHES, RUNNING SHOES, and don’t forget to HYDRATE! Hydration should begin at least the day BEFORE JAT at home to prevent dehydration! When dehydration occurs, recovery won’t begin until after JAT is over, so the best thing to do is to PREVENT it! Water will be provided in the classrooms on the day of the event so your child can continue hydrating before and after their scheduled run time. There will also be water on the field during their run.
We are asking each class to donate at least 2 bags of ice and 5 one-gallon jugs of water. Water will be used both in the classroom and on the field. Cups will be provided by the PTO. Your room parent will be sending a sign-up sheet to you for these items and other volunteer opportunities for this event. This event is run on 100% Volunteer Power! Parents and other family members are welcome to run laps with your children!!
COLLECTING PLEDGES After JAT, each room parent will verify the child’s laps and return the pledge envelope to collect any outstanding donations. Any checks should be made payable to “Gemini Elementary PTO.” Parents write the TOTAL that is collected and sign the envelope.
Two Spirit Awards – Pizza Party One class winner K-3 and 4-6 with the most SPIRIT will receive a pizza party in December.
Endurance – Golden Shoe Award
Award given to the class in each grade K-6 that runs the most laps.
Fundraising – Cash Prizes for Teachers $200* awarded to the class with the most money raised (average $/student.) $100* awarded to the class with the 2nd most money raised $75* awarded to the class with the 3rd most money raised * Donation will be used for class equipment or supplies to promote student learning.
Fundraising – One child per grade K-6
Child in each grade who raises the most money can choose to be an administrator or activity teacher for the day.
Spirit Sticks – Fundraising
Every child is eligible…if your child raises over $50 they will receive an exclusive Spirit Stick wh