Maple Avenue Elementary School will hold its first Fun Run May 11 with proceeds going to buy seven new classroom SMART Boards. As an active, healthy way to support their school, staff and students will be encouraged to run or walk during their lunch recess behind the school.
The Maple Avenue Home and School parent-teacher group organized the Fun Run to reach its goal of having a SMART Board in every classroom. SMART Boards are digital whiteboards connected to computers that allow use of touchscreen capabilities to manipulate information.
“SMART Boards keep the kids interested and involved with classroom lessons,” said Maple Avenue fifth grade teacher Christina Garley. “A classroom SMART Board is great for its interactive capabilities, and it allows teachers to bring outside internet resources into the classroom.”
All students are encouraged to collect pledges toward purchasing SMART Boards. Each student who turns in a pledge will receive a Fun Run temporary tattoo to wear during the run and can earn a variety of donated prizes based on total pledges they collect.
As part of their “Uniting Kids and Community” Program, fifth grade students prepared presentations explaining the goals of the Fun Run to the other grades. The fifth-graders also will help on the day of the run with event logistics and pledge sheets tabulation.
“We are excited about this healthy effort to actively involve our staff and students to make the Maple Avenue experience even better. Our business neighbors have already committed their support with prizes and donations,” said Maple Avenue Principal Kristin Koeper-Hamblin.
Parents and community members wishing to contribute to the Home and School purchase of classroom SMART Boards may make checks payable to the Maple Avenue Home and School. Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Avenue, Sussex, WI 53089.