Apex Fun Run FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
ABOUT THE FUN RUN
How does this all work?
During school hours on March 26, students will run laps around the field. The more laps they run, the more money Woodridge earns from pledges made by sponsors.
Who are the sponsors?
Students and their families can ask parents, grandparents, friends and neighbors to be a sponsor. This means the sponsors are you, and/or other people you and your family solicit.
What is a pledge?
DEFINITION: noun, (plej), A solemn promise or undertaking
Pledges are used during fundraisers to collect promises of donations in exchange for an accomplishment. Donors will pledge an amount for each lap the child they sponsor makes around the field. Sponsors can also make a flat donation.
How much needs to be pledged per student?
For Woodridge to meet it's budgetary goal, every student needs 3 sponsors to pledge $1 per lap. More sponsors or higher pledge
amounts means we'll exceed our goal!
So…what’s the fun part?
The Fun Run is not a race in the traditional sense. The only competition is for who can raise the most money. And making money for Woodridge is what's fun! But there is even more fun with APEX "Extreme"; see below.
How can I help?
What kind of payment is accepted?
Cash, check, credit card via PayPal.
I don't have time to fund raise; can I just make a direct donation?
Yes, of course.
I've met my donation level for the year; how else can I support this fundraiser?
You can reach out to your community to donate. You can sign up to volunteer.
What should I do if I'm not the kind of person who likes to ask for donations?
We get it, not everyone is comfortable asking their network for donations. Creative ways to approach this are to:
ABOUT FUNDRAISING AT WOODRIDGE
I thought the Bellevue School District was a good one; why do we need to fund raise?
Schools suffer from government funding gaps nationwide. One reason Bellevue schools thrive is because parents participate in volunteerism and fundraising that helps make up for inadequate funding levels.
Where does the money go that we earn?
97% of all money earned from Woodridge PTSA events goes directly to Woodridge Elementary (only 3% goes to PTSA administrative costs; most nonprofits spend 10-35% on this). The school counts on this money to hire additional employees, among other things. For example, the money is used to hire teaching assistants in rooms that have a high number of kids, grants for teachers to pay for supplies in their classrooms, field trips, operational costs of assemblies, and more.
How much do we have to earn?
Each year, the PTSA aims to provide the school with almost $100,000 in additional funds, beyond what they are given. The Apex Fun Run is expected to generate a large part of our overall targeted budget and has a net fundraising goal of $20,800. (This works out to approximately $150 total per student over the course of the entire year's fundraising events, and to $90 per student for the Apex Fun Run.)
What do I have to do to participate?
Review the packet that comes home on March 17, and support your child in asking family, friends, neighbors, church friends, etc., to ‘pledge’ a donation for each lap your child runs at the Fun Run on March 26. On the day of the event, you can come cheer your child on while they run. We are also in need of volunteers the day of the run – email Volunteers@WoodridgePTSA.org to learn more.
What do I say to ask for pledges?
You can explain the need for families to help bridge the funding gaps at the schools. You and your family can ask, “Will you please support our school by pledging to donate for each lap my child runs? You can donate $1, $3, $5 per lap, whatever you like. Most kids run about 30 laps. Or you can donate a flat amount, if you prefer.”
I don’t have much time for this, but I want to help. What else can I do?
There is an online donation tool, so if you are too busy to approach people in person with your child, you and/or your child can send emails that direct friends and family to a pledge web page. Lastly, it is also acceptable to write a donation check, if you prefer that over enlisting your personal community for support.
What's next? Are there more fundraisers coming?
This is the last major fundraiser of the year. However, there may be other smaller opportunities before the end of the year such as Eats & Treats, which generate more modest returns for our school. The Apex Fun Run is the one that will make the biggest difference.