SMITHFIELD – Smithfield’s three elementary schools — Sunrise, Summit and Birch Creek — are preparing for their Fourth Annual Tri-School Trot Friday from 3-5 p.m. at the Sky View football field.
Hundreds of students from the three schools will run in honor of the donations and pledges they collected weeks before. The money collected is used at each school for PTA programs and one big gift to the school.
Juli Weber is the Summit School PTA fund raising representative.
“This is an event designed to encourage our students to be more healthy,” she said, “because, remember, we live in Smithfield which is the ‘Health City’. It also encourages parents and families to support our schools directly without having to purchase anything like cookie dough or wrapping paper.
“The cool thing about ‘The Trot’ is that any funds that are raised from the student body stays directly at the school and there are no additional items or purchases.”
Weber said there will be balloons and flags and music blaring as the kids meet with students that they know from the other schools. Everybody runs together, including the children, teachers and staff.
“The kids have contacted friends and family for support. They have pledged to run a certain amount of laps, then turn in the funds and earn prizes based on what they earn.”
This year, as in years past, the funds are being used to develop iPad labs for students and to increase technology.
“Business sponsorships secured over the summer were enough to completely cover the cost of the fundraiser, including all the prizes students earn by bringing in donations,” said Weber.