By Faran Fagen
Hundreds of students were showered with bubbles as they sprinted along the paved trails at Sherwood Forest Park on March 4 at the 2023 Bubble Run.
Even though its fundraising goal hasn’t been met, Ramblewood Elementary still raised almost $12,000.
“Seeing the kids laughing and having a great time together is definitely the highlight of the event,” said Lisa Smith, Ramblewood PTO president. “Having something different for the kids to work towards and being able to give away awesome prizes made this year’s event one to remember.”
This was Smith’s first year organizing the event, and she said that she wouldn’t have been able to pull it off if it were not for all the volunteers and other PTO members.
“After all the planning and watching all the families enjoy, it was all worth it,” she said.
Michelle Cundiff’s ten-year-old son, Connor, ran several laps while classmates with bubble guns sprayed him with suds and smiles. Connor is in Mrs. Cooper’s fourth-grade class at Ramblewood.
“Connor always enjoys doing the bubble run and has so much fun,” Cundiff said. “Hosting the bubble run for the students of Ramblewood Elementary is such a nice fundraiser for the kids, and it gives them a chance to have fun with their friends outside of school and be a part of something.”
Ramblewood had set its fundraising goal at $14,000. Funds raised will go towards updating the mural in the school cafeteria and repainting the front of the school, among other needs.
The prizes the kids get for fundraising help generate excitement, too — from bubble wands to sunglasses, depending on their fundraising.
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.
Start times are staggered to ensure the littlest Rams don’t get run over by older kids. Kindergarten opened the fun run at 9:30 a.m.
Some parent volunteers sold snacks and drinks to raise funds for the fifth-grade social.
Another fundraiser bubbling up is a Lego drive. Ramblewood families donates old Legos that the Lego Company sanitizes, washes, and gives to needy families. This was organized by Smith’s son, Collin, a Ramblewood student.
As for Smith, whose younger son Cameron also attends the school, she’s already bubbling up for 2024.
“I’m already starting to plan and collect ideas for next school year’s big event,” she said.
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- 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 MLB.com. 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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