Colors popped as youngsters hopped today during Fort Meigs Elementary School's annual action-packed event that raised funds as well as the spirits of participants, including many who put on hoppy, happy faces when all that boing, boing, boing bouncing was going on.
Instead of bouncing on a grassy field at Fort Meig school where the Hop-A-Thon was held for two years, this year the kids were jumping for joy and giggling with glee as the event came to life at Fort Meigs along West River Road.
The Hop-A-Thon was held for the first time in 2010, and its "we gotta do this again" success hopped, skipped, and jump-started a new school tradition with students, staff, and parents eagerly embracing the different spin on fundraising events.
Parents have said they would much rather support the Hop-A-Thon rather than traditional fund-raisers such as selling magazines.
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The event ties in with the school's physical ed standards as students get a whirlwind work out during a variety of activities, such as dancing atop the bouncing balls or hop, hop, hopping in relay races, all the while learning about teamwork, the spirit of cooperation, and fair play.
Proceeds directly support Fort Meigs Elementary, and it is an event that students and staff look forward to every year. Fingers were crossed for no rain delay that postponed Hop-A-Thons the first two years.
All funds raised during the Hop-A-Thon are used to support classroom needs, student activities, and community events such as Chess Club, Donuts for Dads, the fifth-grade musical, Grandparents' Breakfast, Lego Club, Muffins for Moms, teacher grants, teacher’s appreciation lunch, technology, track and field, and the Veterans Day Breakfast.
The event raised $19,800 to $20,000, school district representative said. Because the event reached the 2012 goal of $15,000, all students regardless of pledge amounts will take part in a day at Splash Bay in Maumee.
This year there were 54 family sponsors and 17 business sponsors.