Olympic Spirit Infuses Roosevelt School Track-a-thon “Parade of Classrooms;” Lincoln Band to Play for Before-School Opening Ceremony

First all-school sports event on Roosevelt's new Community Track will be an Olympics-theme fund-raiser.

Inspired by the summer Olympic Games, students at Roosevelt School, 1001 S. Fairview, Park Ridge, will have a special opportunity this year to join a “Parade of Classrooms” in an official before-school Opening Ceremony for its annual Track-a-thon fund-raiser on Friday, September 28.  The rain date is October 5.

It will be the first official, all-school sports event on the new Roosevelt Community Track.

“We are thrilled for our students to be using the new track, which so many of them helped to build by running more than 4,400 miles during the past two years to raise funds,” according to Principal Kevin Dwyer.  The one-fifth mile, two-lane running/walking track was completely funded by Roosevelt’s PTO through donations.

Lincoln Middle School’s Symphonic Band, joined by other Roosevelt alumni musicians from Lincoln, will lead the before-school parade at 8:30 a.m.  Student-athletes organized behind unique classroom banners they created in lieu of national flags will circle behind. “Having our own Lincoln musicians lead us, many of whom were Roosevelt students, is a great way to integrate the arts and fitness together,” Dr. Dwyer added.

For the actual Track-a-thon, each grade will participate for one hour beginning as follows:  AM Kindergarten/grade 1 – 9:15 a.m; grades 3-4 – 10:30 a.m.; PM Kindergarten/grade 2 – 1:00 p.m.; and, grade 5 – 2:15 p.m.

Enthusiasm for the event is high. “All the students receive T-shirts designed by Roosevelt students, we have a DJ playing all day to keep the energy level up, and over 100 parent volunteers will cheer the children along or even jump in for a few laps,” PTO Event Chairman Kris Purtell stated.

“The PTO Executive Board recently surveyed parents and teachers to find out how they would like the money spent that is raised this year,” Purtell noted.  “The continued generosity of our Roosevelt community is overwhelming, and we have raised over $100,000 over the past two years to fund the track and additional Smart boards for classrooms,” she reported.

“The track has already become a popular community resource and is helping current and future students ‘Bee Fit’ as part of our school-wide civil behavior program,” Dr. Dwyer added.  “It’s great to see the track getting so much use – from the early morning runners, our students during the day, teachers with their after school track club, seniors out for a brisk walk – it’s truly a community track for all to enjoy and we’re extremely proud of the spirit it represents,” he added.

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