John S. Hobart PTO Raises $11,000 in First ‘Fun Run’

WFSD Hobart Fun RunsmmRecently, the John S. Hobart Elementary School PTO hosted their first “Boosterthon Fun Run,” a program focused on fitness, leadership and character education, designed to raise money for various PTO events, field trips, extra assemblies and more to support events throughout the school year. The Fun Run raised nearly $11,000 for the John S. Hobart Elementary School PTO.
“The students loved this event from day one!” said Barbara Mehmel, President, John S. Hobart Elementary School PTO. “Getting ready for the big day, they watched daily videos of children around the world focused on several character traits such as endurance, humility, teamwork, curiosity, practice and confidence.”
“The Boosterthon Fun Run was a great character-building experience for our students and an opportunity for them to raise money to help support our school,” said James Westcott, Principal, John S. Hobart Elementary School. “Our amazing PTO worked side-by-side with our faculty and staff to lead the charge, create excitement and assist with the organization on every aspect of the event. This was an example of the great things that can happen when a dynamic and strongly committed PTO and the school work together to plan learning experiences for our students.”
During the Fun Run, students ran 30-35 laps in different ways, among them running, walking, hopping like a kangaroo and more. Students also received free t-shirts sponsored by local business and organizations including Mastic Beach Ambulance, Applebee’s, Shirley Feed, Shirley Sleep Shoppe, Greek Bites, Empanadaville, Island Dollar, Joe’s Pizza, Sky Zone and Mastic Sports Deli. Faculty and staff marked off each lap completed on the back of their t-shirts.
“There was so much excitement in the air from the students as they ran out on the field,” said Mehmel. “Their smiles were contagious and they put all they learned about into running their laps. At the end of each run all the kids had to say was it was so much fun. That’s all we need to hear to know it was a successful event!”

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