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Friday, September 2, 2011

The Jogathon! Friday, September 30, 10:30am at Lower Woodland track

You have heard about the Jogathon by now.  So, what is it all about?

The first thing you have to understand is that Mr. Millsap, Daniel Bagley's Health & Fitness teacher, is like a rock star to the kids, who demonstrate enthusiastic adulation for him.  You'll hear regular comments such as "Mr. Millsap says..." or "Mr. Millsap is funnier than you, dad" or "Mr. Millsap can run 10 miles in one minute".

Anyways, Mr. Millsap is the driving force behind the annual Jogathon, this year held on the morning of Friday September 30, at the Lower Woodland track (since our playground will not be fully available).
This is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year ($35,000 raised last year), so all children are strongly encouraged to participate.  And they will have a great time!  With lots of parent volunteers and cheering, the kids run as far as they can in an hour, and collect pledges to support their efforts.  Start asking your colleagues, neighbors and family members for donations soon.

You can start getting your kid excited about it, and see if you can free up that morning to volunteer - Mr. Millsap (and Kristin, the PTA coordinator this year) will need lots and lots of help.

Tip: Do NOT underestimate the ability of a kindergartener to run a long, long way at this, especially if the weather is good - my 5.5 year old ran 4 miles last year in an hour (something like 50 laps of the playground - so that $1/lap pledge really paid off for him!).
Here's the scoop from the danielbagley.com website:

September 30: Annual Jogathon
Calling all Bagley Bees to this year's Daniel Bagley Jogathon! Scheduled for Friday, September 30th at 10:30am at Lower Woodland Track (due to the fences that will surround our new grass soccer field). Last year our students collectively ran 9,359 laps--approximately 1,144 miles all in 50 minutes and raised over $35,000. Our goal is to raise at least $35,000 again this year. Money raised through the Jogathon supports art, music, health and fitness, the library, classroom tutors, family fun nights and a whole lot more. To volunteer for this event, please contact Kristin Metcalf 

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