By: Jen Russon
The Parent Teacher Organization at Ramblewood Elementary School presented its first-ever “Family Fun Bubble Run” on Leap Day, and jumped for joy over its success.
The event brought in $7,000 more than PTO co-president Laura Sullivan anticipated when hundreds of participants took part in the Sherwood Forest run on February 29, raising $21,000 for school improvements.
Aptly named the “bubble run,” students and their families made donations from large to small, running through the midst of soap bubbles at the Coral Springs park, located next to the school on Shadowwood Boulevard.
Sullivan said she and the newly appointed PTO President, Talia Hunter, distributed most of the prizes in the days leading up to the bubble run. Depending on their fundraising, kids won prizes ranging from bubble wands to sunglasses and Fitbits.
“We worried our budget for prizes might deeply cut into proceeds, but even after paying for it all, the PTO still has enough left over to improve everything we hoped to this school year,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan, whose sons Braden and Gavin attend third and second grade at Ramblewood, described the upgrades and improvements the fun run made possible.
She said the school is replacing its original water fountains with four brand new ones that come with water filling stations. There is money to refurbish the school library with a mural and new furniture, as well as purchase cleaning and school supplies for the fall next year.
“Khylie R., a second-grader, raised $2,000 at our fun run. We had donations from every runner, starting at about $10,” added Sullivan, who said the PTO staggered out the bubble run with small groups, totaling around 300 runners, between the morning and afternoon.
Sullivan said it made the parents feel good that PTO dads helped supervise the event and blast bubbles as they cheered the runners on.
One of these volunteers, Dave Mello, photographed the fun run and captured the children’s glee on a video that shows everything but the cookout at the Saturday event.
PTO members said they were grateful to Eureka North Shore Lodge for financing all the food, prepping it, and giving all sales of the hotdogs they made back to Ramblewood Elementary School.
Mello added he was thrilled over the school winning a bonus bounce house obstacle course week, planned later in the spring.