Only a few more days to go.  If you haven’t lined up your sponsors, yet we highly recommend trying out Pledgstar.  It’s extremely easy to use and is all set up for McKinley families.  Just register at

If you’d like to volunteer the day of the event.  Please arrive between 8:30-11:00 am.  It’s a very rewarding event.  The kids take such pride in their school.

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Picture this. Over one hundred kids lined up at their class’s  “start line.”…..The    theme to “Chariots of Fire” begins to blare over the loud speaker….. the excitement builds and then the announcer says, “Ready, set, go!”, and the kids are off…running to raise money for the school programs they love.

The McKinley Parent Teacher Club’s JOG-A-THON is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers and your support is vital.  Most importantly this is the only event where the kids take the lead in raising money for their school.  Did you know that most of McKinley’s music/dance, art, and Spanish programs are no longer funded by the school district? The only reason our kids get to participate in these programs is because we raise the money to fund them.

The kids will run laps around a track in the McKinley field and blacktop (approx. 1/8 mile lap for K-1st graders, 1/4 mile lap for 2nd-5th graders).  Most students run 8-10 laps.DSC_0466

Grades K & 1st:          9:40am – 10:00am
Grades 2nd & 3rd:       10:15am – 11:00 am
Grades 4th & 5th:        11:15am – 12:00pm


We are asking students who are able and willing to participate to get their families, friends, neighbors, and/or parent/guardian co-workers to sponsor them in the jog-a-thon.  Although most families have found it easier to collect “flat donations” from sponsors (e.g. $25 for the whole event), some families/sponsors prefer to make per lap pledges (e.g. $1/lap). You can download and print a pledge sheet here.

DSC_0160For 2014 we have a new online fundraising system through Pledgestar.

Just register at

Follow the instructions and it takes care of sending requests, thank you notes, and tracks donations for you–so easy!!


Students will receive a raffle ticket for each sponsor they collect and will be entered into a drawing for lots of great prizes, such as bikes, rock climbing tickets, scooters, Boomers fun pack, and more. In order to be eligible for prizes, your child must turn in all donations by 4:00 pm to the classroom teacher on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014.

Jog-A-Thon T-Shirt………………………..All kids who raise $50 or moreDSC_0407
Pizza Party with the Principal……… All kids who raise $80 or more
Engraved Trophy…………………………Top boy and girl runner (most laps) for each grade level
Class Party…………………………………The class that raises the most money per student
Limo Ride to In & Out Burger…………Top money raisers  (Ride with Principal)


Parents also get to help out with the big event.  There will be a volunteer sign-up sheet sent out with pledge packet on Monday Oct 6, 2014.  We will need parents to donate oranges, help mark the kids laps, hand out oranges and water during the race, or simply get out and run with the kids to keep their spirits up.  If you are able to come and help out, it really is a blast!


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