Johnston Elementary’s Jaguar Jog raises funds for PTA, promotes fitness
by Rebecca Johnston
August 22, 2014 04:00 AM | 2693 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Second-grader Kaden Parker, center, rounds a corner during the Jaguar Jog fundraiser at Johnston Elementary on Thursday. Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Second-grader Kaden Parker, center, rounds a corner during the Jaguar Jog fundraiser at Johnston Elementary on Thursday. Staff/C.B. Schmelter
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Second-graders Elise McIntosh, Ansley Grant and Sierra Sprayberry run through a sprinkler during the Jaguar Jog fundraiser at Johnston Elementary. Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Second-graders Elise McIntosh, Ansley Grant and Sierra Sprayberry run through a sprinkler during the Jaguar Jog fundraiser at Johnston Elementary. Staff/C.B. Schmelter
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Students at Johnston Elementary School in Woodstock took off for a good cause Thursday morning at the Jaguar Jog to raise money for the PTA.

Funds raised from the event go to improving the school’s field, where the Jaguar Jog was held and other needs at the school, said PTA volunteer Amy Walderich, who, along with Lisa Prewett, headed up the fundraiser.

“We made $11,000 last year, and we hope to make more than that this year,” Walderich said.

Funds from last year helped build a basketball court for the backfield, Walderich said.

The organization is working on plans for this year.

“We are getting input from the staff, parents and students to see what improvements they would like to see,” Walderich said.

The jog, where students can walk or jog around the area, is a healthy habits initiative that promotes a better lifestyle and raises awareness.

All students at the school were able to participate in the jog, whether they helped raised funds or not, she said.

“Everyone was out there running and having fun,” Walderich said. “It was so much fun; I was wearing a tutu. I already run and do races, it started with Run Disney in Florida, and I have all these random outfits.”

She also thanked everyone who helped with the event.

“The volunteers were awesome. We could not have pulled it off without our volunteers,” she said. “They showed up at 7 a.m. and stayed until we took it all down at noon.”

Every student receives a healthy snack on Jaguar Jog Day and every student had a chance to win prizes, she said.

Sponsors could pledge per lap or a set amount.

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