The Jog-a-Thon is Ridgewood’s ONLY major fundraiser of the year. Students earn money for our school through flat donations (no per-lap pledges, please). They will run, jog, or walk with their grade level for a 25 or 30 minute period.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the Jog-a-Thon?
Friday, October 20, 9am to 2pm typically. Click HERE for a schedule of run times by grade level.
2. Why is the jog-a-thon important to Ridgewood?
The Jog-a-Thon puts the “fun” in “funding.” It is critical to Ridgewood. Jog-a-Thon raises money for OUR SCHOOL and pays for all the extras that benefit our kids: field trips (2-3 a year per grade), in-school assemblies, in-class presentations (OMSI, Reptile Man, Performing Arts Groups, Mad Science), new technology, Track Program, Celebrate Reading, Science Fair, Oregon Trail Overnight, Art Literacy, Passport Club, Garden, 5th Grade Party, and so much more!!!
From 2014-2016, Ridgewood families raised enough money to support ALL of the activities above, PLUS upgrade science and technology equipment, our gymnasium, and our music program. Additional funds were directed toward literacy and STEM education, with an emphasis on robotics. Over the past 3 years, your efforts purchased:
- 42 new iPads
- 47 Lego robotics/programming kits (enough for each grade level to have a 2:1 student to kit ratio)
- 3D printer
- Vernier science probe, microscopes, electronic scales, and weather stations
- Adjustable glass basketball backboards and breakaway rims
- Badminton, hockey, bowling and pickle ball equipment
- Additional aesthetic gymnasium upgrades aligned with general maintenance.
- Flexible-configuration performance risers
- Front- and rear-projection units for stage performances
- Costumes for musicals
- Percussion instruments
- Upgraded sound system, including wireless microphones and mixer
- Student Learning Garden re-design (2017-18)
- Green Team/Sustainability Club Water Bottle Fill Station (2017-18)
- Much, much more!
Our 2017-18 PTC budget is large and generous, thanks to the hard work of our students and generosity of our community. Full funding via Jogathon fundraising will allow us to support everything that our students and teachers need. Additional funds will be earmarked for classroom support, providing much-needed classroom projectors for grades 3, 4, 5 and our ISC classrooms. By working together, we know we can continue our community’s tradition of supporting its school!
3. Can you run with your child?
Yes, the Jog-a-Thon is a community event. It is a blast! Bring your parents and grandparents to join in the fun!
4. What volunteer needs exist?
Volunteers are needed the day of the event to help with set up, take down, and logistics. It is a FUN day! Each classroom will need parents to organize kids before they run, help count laps, and cheer on our students, teachers and supporters as they run. We typically need 5-6 volunteers per classroom.
5. What are our goals for 2017?
The goal for fundraising this year is $60K. The goal for each child is to raise $125.
6. What have the funds been used for in previous years?
All of our PTC programs, activities, events and teacher support, plus all of the items listed above: iPads; Lego Robotics kits; 3D printer; new speakers for all the classroom computers; adjustable glass basketball backboards and breakaway rims; badminton, hockey, bowling and pickle ball equipment; flexible-configuration risers, a stage projector, costumes for musicals, and percussion instruments. Additional enhancements include a Vernier science probe; microscopes; electronic scales; weather stations; keyboards for the music room; and funding for the Camp Achieve summer school program.
7. Who is on the 2017 committee?
Colin Williams, Angie Parker, Liz Melching, Hilary Gerrish, Michelle Hebden, Laura Rogers, Ashley Chuinard, Alana Chau, Sarah Deacy, Kari Raglione-Tissot
8. Who are the current sponsors?
We appreciate the support from these local sponsors
Golden Roadrunner Society
Mark and Kelly Ruhl of Mortgage Express
Andrew Misk of Hasson Company Realtors
Therapeutic Associates—Beaverton and Cedar Hills Physical Therapy
Katie Phillips of West Hills Vision Clinic
Friends of Ridgie Roadrunner
Eleonore Reiter of Realty Trust
The Ackerly at Timberland
Colin Williams of Encompass Wealth Advisors
Lindsey Williams of Vista Capital Partners
Orchard Supply Hardware
Premier Kitchens and Cabinets
9. Online donation via email using Pledgestar
Besides accepting donations via cash and check, we also use Pledgestar, a web-based fundraising system that emails pledge requests to your family & friends, and lets them make secure credit card donations online
10. Donation via PayPal
You can donate money and designate the funds for the Jog-a-thon via this PayPal link.
11. Intel Matching Funds
Employees of Intel can donate matching funds for the Jog-a-thon. Instructions to do so can be found here.
12. Nike Employee Matching Funds
Employees of Nike can donate matching funds for the Jog-a-thon. Instructions to do so can be found here.