By Melanie Petrucci, Senior Community Reporter
Shrewsbury – Spring Street School held its first “Boosterthon” on the morning of Sept. 24. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. The theme of the event was “Mind Spark, Wild West.”
Children in grades kindergarten to four skipped, danced, walked and ran continual laps on the school’s grassy field which was transformed by Boosterthon, a school fundraising entity, into a course where every student participated in a 30-minute Fun Run.
“We were looking to have a fundraiser that was community based and something that the kids could be more involved in,” stated Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) member Karen Zidonis, who brought the idea of a Boosterthon Fun Run to the PTO. “We thought this was a perfect fit.”
She said that she got the idea from friends in other communities whose children had done this in their school districts.
“It’s not something that Shrewsbury had done before,” Zidonis added.
“This is so exciting, everyone is so enthusiastic,” exclaimed PTO President Sherry Seeton, who explained how students collected pledges from friends and family to participate.
She clarified that all students were able to take part even if they were unable to raise funds.
Liz Haller, another PTO parent and event organizer, said that they were raising funds for general school programs, such as visits from the Museum of Science in Boston and buses for field trips. The goal was to raise $10,000.
Haller is the mother of two students, one in second and one in fourth grade, while Zidonis has three children, one in kindergarten, one in second, and one in fourth grade.
Zidonis noted: “The kids were so excited about this and Boosterthon came in for about six days and did a lesson that went along with our core values which are kindness, generosity… and the parents were really excited about it, too.”