Berlin Community School hosts third annual Boosterthon fundraiser

Students learn about health and fitness as they run for donations

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Berlin Community School has brought back its third annual Boosterthon, a two-week event  where students can raise funds and learn more about health and fitness.

The fundraiser is capped by a fun run on Friday. While the school was unable to hold the contest last year due to COVID, the 2021 event will also offer a color run for the middle schoolers.

“We’ve never done one of those before, but we wanted to offer them something special because as the kids get older, they don’t get as excited for it.” said Home and School President Kasey Cornforth.

More than 300 students have registered for the runs, and leading up to the contests, those   students will participate in events like pajama day and a virtual pep rally. Donations are given in flat amounts, or per the number of laps run.

This year’s run theme is Sport City World Wide, and throughout the day, teachers will set aside time for students to learn character lessons about curiosity, confidence, humility, practice and endurance from videos of young athletes around the world.

On the day of the run, students will run anywhere from 30 to 35 laps at the school. While in past years, parents have been able to watch the run, only volunteers will be able to attend the event this year because of potential COVID exposures. Volunteers will be required to wear masks, and more information about volunteering will be shared through email and through the Berlin Community School’s Facebook page.

This year, the district increased its fundraising goal to $20,000, up from $15,000 in 2019. The funds will benefit Go Green Initiatives to help finance updates around the district and help the schools become more environmentally friendly.

Anyone interested in donating can do so by creating an account on https://mybooster.com/v3.