Join the Foamy Frenzy at the 2023 Ramblewood Elementary Bubble Run

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Join the Foamy Frenzy at the 2023 Ramblewood Elementary Bubble Run

Family Fun Bubble Run with Ramblewood Elementary School. {Photo by David Mello.}

By Faran Fagen

Bubble machines and parents aiming sudsy bubble guns at sprinting students will foam up the course at Sherwood Forest Park on March 4 at the 2023 Ram Fam Bubble Run.

It’s the main event of the Ramblewood Elementary School’s annual Fun Run Fundraiser.

“We want to make sure all the kids are inundated with all the bubbles,” said PTO president Talia Hunter. “The best part of all of our events is getting to see so many of our Ramblewood Families, or as we call them, the Ram Fam.”

Ramblewood has set its fundraising goal at $14,000, but as always, Hunter and her team intend to surpass that goal. In 2020, the event raised its highest amount at $22,000.

“We’ve managed to keep the excitement up for the events by making sure the kids get to see what their hard work helps us accomplish,” Hunter said. “We always strive to put the needs of the school and enrichment of the learning experience ahead of anything else when we are allocating PTO funds.”

Funds raised will go towards updating the mural in the school cafeteria, repainting the front of the school, and “we’d love to be able to purchase a GaGa Pit for our students,” Hunter added.

The cool prizes the kids get for fundraising help generate excitement too. Depending on their fundraising, kids can win prizes ranging from bubble wands to sunglasses. 

Typically, ten percent of the student body participates in the fundraising event, but all students are invited with their families to the event. Hunter estimates that 60 percent of the school will participate in the event.

Logistics is the trickiest part of organizing the event. The school tries to create a schedule of events that allows for the most participation from families, staff, and volunteers.

On the day of the Bubble Run, students race through a trail covered in bubbles and foam as parents and friends cheer them on. Start times are staggered to ensure the littlest Rams don’t get run over by older kids. Some parent volunteers sell snacks and drinks to raise funds for the fifth-grade social.

“The most satisfying part of each event is seeing the pure joy on the faces of our students,” Hunter said. “We know that these kids have all been through a lot over the last few years. The fact that we’ve been able to give them something that feels ‘normal’ in such uncertain times is magical.”

The students know the event is coming soon as bulletin boards along the halls are updated.

“The kids really can’t wait to see what’s next,” Hunter said. “We know that school might not be everyone’s favorite part of the day, but if we as the PTO can make their learning experience a little bit more enjoyable, then we have done our job as a PTO.”

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Faran Fagen

Faran Fagen
Faran Fagen, who teaches high school journalism, graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Journalism degree and from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Education. He’s worked at The Palm Beach Post, SunSentinel, and He lives in Coral Springs with his wife and two children. Oh, and his three dogs — who all think that they’re his favorite.

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