June 5 event to raise school awareness and encourage healthy lifestyles
On June 5 students at John Knox Christian School (JKCS) in Oakville will move it to raise funds for the school while having fun and being active.
For its first ever Move-a-Thon, the school is organizing a variety of activities, with the goal to raise awareness of the school and build the JKCS family. The elementary school aims to raise $40,000.
Jennifer Bergner, JKCS director of communications, says the event is exciting because it is new and something different, as the school previously has held walk-a-thons.
The Move-a-Thon runs for three hours and features different activity stations that students, in groups called tribes, will rotate through. Students will keep their bodies moving for the entire time through activities they have designed.
“We wanted to keep it fresh and exciting for the kids and we wanted their input, so they came up with all the ideas for the different stations so it’s kind of fun for them to have a say in how they want to help raise the money,” says Bergner.
“The kids have come up with some really cool ideas,” she says, adding some ideas include a teacher’s car washing station, human pyramids, soccer races and water fights.
The mayor of Oakville, Rob Burton, will be at the Move-a-Thon, and the community is encouraged to come out and cheer.
Principal John Lunshof will be working on the school’s roof for the day, sponsored by Tim Hortons.
The school has a Healthy Living Committee that will be on hand to serve healthy snacks like frozen grapes, and watermelon and smoothies.
The Move-a-Thon campaign funds go towards classroom programs and capital expenditures. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Kerr Street Ministries in Oakville, which helps the city’s most vulnerable citizens. Older JKCS students who are on the servant team are familiar with Kerr Street Ministries, as they recently collected food, cooked and served a warm breakfast for 70 people there.
The school has different incentives in place for raising money. Each student has the goal to raise $125, and those who do will have the opportunity to throw a water balloon at the principal. When the school reaches its halfway goal of $20,000 one of the teachers will shave his long locks and donate the hair to cancer.
The day also features a surprise afternoon concert for the students by Christian contemporary band Carried Away.
The Move-a-Thon runs from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the school, with a rain date of June 8. To learn more about JKCS, visit www.jkcs-oakville.org.