MILTON, Ga. – Birmingham Falls Elementary School hosted the Bobcat Blast, a “fun run,” Nov. 9 to raise money for the school. The little Bobcats managed to raise over $50,000 in pledges and donations to support a variety of curriculum enhancements including writing assessments, guided reading room materials, technology improvements and the school’s ultimate goal, an outdoor classroom in the school’s courtyard. It is hoped that an outdoor classroom will not only enrich the traditional school curriculum, but also allow for an enhanced environmental education.
The fundraiser kicked off Oct. 19 with a pep rally featuring the Milton High School cheerleaders and their mascot, the Milton High Eagle. During the weeks leading up to the fun run, students gathered pledges and donations. Every morning at the school, a parent led “prize patrol,” handing out prizes as students entered the building. Students that turned in large amounts of pledges received a variety of prizes such as water bottles, lunch bags, soccer balls and gift cards.
Each class ran through a tunnel out onto the field Nov. 9 and ran and skipped and danced their laps as parents cheered them on. The Blast featured games, music and numerous laps around the school track. The school physical education teacher served as a DJ playing music to keep the kids motivated and energized. Finally, when the kids could run no more, they celebrated the end of the Blast with popsicles and group pictures.
The Blast was a collaborative effort that brought together the entire school community: the PTA, over 50 volunteer parents and siblings, the school administration and staff and the BFES students themselves. Everyone at the fundraiser events, the pep rally and the Bobcat Blast sported spirit T-shirts from the very beginning to the end when they had to tear it all down.