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Students jog for funds

Krystle Wagner • Oct 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Music played as students ran laps outside Rosy Mound Elementary School during the school’s annual Jog-A-Thon on Friday.

The students strived to go for the gold and reach their personal goals during the Olympic-themed fundraiser.

PTA President Debbie Friggens said the main goal of the event is to set aside a day for the students to have fun being active and reach goals they’ve set for the day. This year, they hope to raise enough money to buy a few new pieces of playground equipment.

Kaydee Young, 9, said the students were “pumped up because who wouldn’t want new playground equipment?” The fourth-grader said this year’s goal of purchasing new equipment means students have more opportunities to let out their energy so they can better focus in class.

Throughout the morning, Young ran 17 laps before cheering on her classmates.

Last year’s Jog-A-Thon proceeds helped the school’s PTA continue The Leader in Me program and enhance part of the school’s library, Friggens said.

The Leader in Me program is based on the book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. The program gives students opportunities to be leaders and explore those seven habits: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand and then to listen to be understood, and synergize.

Fourth-grader Tessa Orr said she’s hopeful they will reach their goal this year.

“I think honestly that we will,” she said. “There are people who push themselves to get to the top.”

Friggens said the Jog-A-Thon is more than a day of fun.

“It’s a day that we all come together to support our school,” she said. “We are thankful for all of the parent volunteers and the generous support from local businesses and individuals to make this event possible.”

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