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Newhall Elementary hosts inaugural Tri-A-Thon

Posted: October 11, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: October 11, 2011 1:30 a.m.

Students run in the inaugural Tri-A-Thon to raise money and improve student health at Newhall Elementary School on Sept. 23. The Parent-Teacher Association organized the event, which raised $10,000.

The Newhall Elementary Parent-Teacher Association held its inaugural Tri-A-Thon on Sept. 23, and students collected $10,000 worth of pledges for completing the three “R’s” of reading, running and ’rithmetic.

“We decided it was time to change our approach to fundraising,” Tri-A-Thon chairwoman Patty Shinozaki said. “We’ve seen a dramatic decline in the success of traditional fundraising methods of selling magazines, gift wrap and cookie dough.
“We also took into consideration the feedback from parents who reported that many of their friends and family wanted to help, but didn’t want to purchase items they didn’t want or need. Many inquired into how they could donate money directly to the PTA.”

Principal Tammi Rainville has been working toward creating a healthier environment for the students and families of the school. She encouraged the PTA to find a more healthful alternative to the traditional fundraiser, and they soon came up with the Tri-A-Thon, which was sponsored by Criterion Wealth Management and After Hours Auto Body.

Along with the fundraiser, a competition was held to determine the school’s most spirited grade. Prior to running, each grade performed a group cheer and was judged on the creativity of their cheer, team name, colors and theme.

Students ran a track decorated with flags and signs while fun music helped them set a pace. Many teachers joined their students as they ran the track.

Parent volunteers added enthusiasm by acting as cheerleaders, waving pom-poms and encouraging signs and high-fiving students.

“The event has been a huge success,” PTA President Tracy Tobler said. “The students have collected nearly $10,000 in pledges, and we expect more pledges to be collected in the next week.”

The money raised through the Tri-A-Thon will help the PTA pay for field trips, assemblies, play yard equipment and school supplies.


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