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Jog-a-thon! 2023

Discovery VPO is excited for our second annual Jog-A-Thon!​ The JOG-A-THON is a student-driven fundraiser that is a fun way to promote health and fitness for the students while raising money for our school! The money raised by the Jog-a-Thon is used to fund and support VPO-sponsored school programs, such as Accelerated Reader, Class Field Trips, 5th Grade Celebrations, Read and Lead, Family Nights such as Pleasant Movement and Celebration of Learning, the Salmon tank, and many other school and classroom needs. We could not engage in the wonderful learning opportunities and the fun things we do here without your monetary support. Please know that no amount is too small. Your ongoing backing and support are both truly appreciated.

Jog-a-thon Results!

Our 2nd Annual Jog-a-thon is complete!!  Congratulations to all our joggers today! Amazing job to EVERYONE!!! Special thank you to our volunteers andeveryone who came out to cheer the students on! Remember we're taking donations through May 19th! Individual and class prizes are still up for grabs!!

Total Laps Run: 4,563 Laps

# of Participants: 305 Students

Total Miles Ran: 456.3 Miles

Avg Mile/Participant 1.5 miles

Maximum Miles Run: 2.4 by Simon M., a 3rd grader in Mrs. Papenberg's Class!

Find your child's results by opening the file below. Great job to all our Explorers!!

How Does a Jog-a-Thon Work?

Jog-a-thon Packet

Each student should have received a JOG-A-THON Packet in Thursday folders (copies of documents are in the links to the right).  The packet includes an information letter, business sponsor form, and a Pledge Card with an envelope stapled to it.


    • Students are encouraged to find sponsors that want to support them by either pledging a flat amount donation or by pledging a per lap donation.

    • Pledges can be made by cash, check or online.

    • We are using 99Pledges, a fundraising platform, for online pledges/donations.  Each student will create their own pledge page for collecting online pledges.  

      • To add your child as a participant, please follow these 3 easy steps:  
        1.    Go to this link -  
        2.    Enter your child’s name, enter your email, and select the group your child belongs to. (It will still work if you do not add an email address, you just will NOT be able to upload a photo to your child’s page.)  
        3.    Click “Add” > this will take you to your newly created pledge page!  

    • Please support your student's endeavors in finding sponsors and collecting pledges.  Some ideas for sponsors are family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.​

    • We are also looking for business sponsors! There are several sponsorship levels and students can earn prizes for bringing in a business sponsor! See Business Sponsorship forms in the links to the right. 


  • STUDENTS WALK/JOG/RUN:​  (May 11th)

    • We will mark a track out on the Discovery Playground field.  The track will be approximately 1/10 of a mile.

    • Before classes go to the tracks to start their Jog-a-thon, they will have a 5-10 minute warm-up session.

    • After the warm-up, the students go to the track for their Jog-a-thon session.  TK, K, 1st and 2nd grades will have a 20 minute session.  Grades 3rd, 4th and 5th will have a 25 minute session.  During their session, students will complete as many laps as they can either walking, jogging or running.

    • Students will have lap sticker that will be marked with each lap they complete, so they can keep track of their final number of laps.


    • ​​The students will let their sponsors know how many laps they completed and how awesome they did!

    • Students collect any donations from sponsors that are cash or check, and remind sponsors of the special pledge page link if they want to make an online donation.

    • Filled out Pledge Cards with all donations and any cash/check donations should be turned into the students teacher by May 19th.

  • PRIZES!:

    • Prizes will be disseminated in June.

    • If we collect at least $8,000 in donations, we will have a school-wide COLOR RUN on June 8th!!​​

Jog-a-thon Cover Letter & Pledge Page Instructions

Jog-a-thon Pledge Card

Business Sponsor Form

Jog-a-thon Schedule

Jog-a-thon Schedule. Sign up here to volunteer that day!

Important Dates


April 17th


April 17 - May 10th

Students Find Sponsors


May 11th

Jog-a-thon Day!!​​

May 12 - 19th

Collection Week

May 19th

Business Sponsorships Due


June 8th



  • SCHOOL-WIDE PRIZE: If we raise at least $8,000 in donations, we will have a Color Run on June 8!!


    • Every student that has turned in at least $50 in donations will receive a special Color Run t-shirt to be worn on the day of the run. (Students who bring in a Business Sponsor will automatically qualify for this prize.)

      • Sibling discount! If you have multiple children at Discovery, each additional child only needs to bring in $25 each to qualify for the shirt prize level! Email sibling info (names, grades, teachers) to​

    • All students bringing in a sponsor will be placed in a drawing to win their choice of a $50 Target or Amazon gift card.

    • The student who brings in the MOST donations (sponsorships NOT included) will receive their choice of a $50 Target or Amazon gift card.

    • The top 10 earners in the school will get to throw the first chalk at our Color Run!

  • CLASS PRIZE: We’re having class competitions!

    • We have grouped the classes as follows:

      • TK-K (Riley, Nelson, Hughes/Jacobson, Hankel)

      • 1-2 (Bailey, Sandmann, Small, Awes, Trinh)

      • 3rd (Jones, Winter, Olsen)

      • 4th-5th (Greetham, Bray, Witter)

      • PACE vs PACE (Papenberg, Hawkins)

    • The class in each group that raises the most in donations per capita will earn their choice of a popcorn, pizza, or ice cream party!


Erin McAllister or Carrie Conway


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