Grande Park Elementary students had the opportunity to participate in “Boosterthon,” a 9-day fitness, leadership and character experience that is revamping school fundraising by moving away from products and instead implementing a life-changing, student-focused program in local schools.
Jason Hood, the coordinator for Boosterthon at Grande Park, said this was the first time Boosterthon had made it to Illinois, but they were looking forward to it.
“We’re hoping the kids will be really excited.”
Boosterthon’s current theme, Highway USA, is about teaching students to be good leaders and friends. It also encourages activity and exercise. The event ends with a “fun run” relay, where students will raise funds for new technology at their school.
It started though with an assembly where the students were invited to join Hood and his fellow team members in getting excited about being a leader and doing some exercise.
“We wanted to do something different that will get the kids excited,” said PTA president Chastity McFerrin. She gestured at the kids jumping up and down to the music. “It looks like they are!”
Boosterthon wraps up on Nov. 1 with the Fun Run event.