Maple Avenue plans Fun Run May 3

Maple Avenue Elementary School will hold its second Fun Run May 3 with proceeds going to buy the final SMART Board for the technology classroom and other items for the school. 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 first Fun Run last year 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. Last year, students raised close to $16,000.

“Every student in a class with a SMART Board purchased from last years’ successful Fun Run has been so excited to learn and use these valuable teaching tools,” said Maple Avenue Home and School Co–President Jennifer Waltz.

“A classroom SMART Board is great for its interactive capabilities, and it allows teachers to bring outside internet resources into the classroom,” said Maple Avenue fifth grade teacher Christina Garley.

All students are encouraged to collect pledges toward purchasing the final SMART Board. Each student who turns in a pledge will receive a Fun Run temporary tattoo to wear during the run and a chance to win lunch with the principal and a friend. A variety of donated prizes can be earned based on total pledges they collect.

As part of their “Uniting Kids and Community” Program, fifth grade students will deliver morning announcements, create posters and give presentations explaining the goals of the Fun Run to the kindergarten classes. The fifth-graders also will help on the day of the run with event logistics and cheering on their classmates to keep them running.

“We are excited to again have 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 a SMART Board 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.