Vail Valley students jog for their school |

Vail Valley students jog for their school

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyThird grader Ethan Mesch, center, dons a bright green wig as he joins fellow Stone Creek Charter School students in their annual Jog-a-thon Wednesday in the school parking lot in Avon

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – As Stone Creek Charter School students ran around the school’s parking lot Wednesday, parents, teachers and board members looked on happily – they knew the commotion equaled money for the school.

The Jog-A-Thon is the Parent Teacher Organization’s largest fundraiser for Stone Creek – a school in Avon that is financially strapped, said board member Ron Wolfe.

“Fundraising is essential,” Wolfe said. “The money we get from the state is far less than what we need to run the school.”

The fundraiser has raised as much as $25,000 in the past, said Parent Teacher Organization member Sandy Apps. The school uses the money to pay for anything form new playground equipment to classroom computers to music department equipment and instruments.

“We’re under-funded, so we really need this money,” Apps said.

The event, where students get pledges for each lap they run around the school’s makeshift track around the parking lot, is something the students go crazy for, Apps said.

The schools asks parents for a voluntary $995 contribution every year, but Wolfe said participation in that is just OK. The school is also facing a potential move if a land lease agreement isn’t worked out with the owner of the property, Wolfe said.

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