Music, merriment and sights of pure joy might be found on any one of the four Oakdale Elementary school campuses this Friday, Oct. 9 as the student bodies participate in the District’s annual Jog-a-Thon event.
The annual elementary school fundraiser will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. on the Sierra View, Magnolia and Fair Oaks campuses. Cloverland’s event is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m.
Each of the four school sites hosted kick off events earlier in the school year. Typically, schools set a goal for their site, as well as providing students with sponsorship packets and nominal prizes for monies raised.
The annual ‘reveal’ of the event T-shirt was also shared with the students during many of the kick-off rallies.
This year’s T-shirt was designed by Magnolia Elementary sixth grader, Madison Magers.
The 11 year old’s T-shirt artwork features each of the school mascots outfitted as super heroes. The theme for this year’s event is the Monster Dash.
“I thought back to the past years and they were all kind of the same,” the artist shared. “I thought of all the super hero movies coming out and thought I could do something different.”
This is the first year the budding artist has submitted work for consideration in the T-shirt contest.
“I was so shocked that I couldn’t really speak,” Madison said, noting the amount of time which had passed from 2015 spring to present school year attributing to the shock.
“It’s crazy to think that could actually happen,” she continued. “It’s exciting having a chance to show kids what I can do with drawing. Everyone having my art on their shirt… that’s crazy.”
The Jog-A-Thon is an annual fundraiser to benefit the individual school sites. All students are encouraged to participate and jogging/running is not required. Walking laps around the track is acceptable as well, since the event promotes physical activity as a healthy habit for people of all ages.