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Oakdale Students Run for Classroom Technology

Dec 07, 2015 12:42PM ● By Julie Slama

By Julie Slama

Sandy -Oakdale students ran around their multi-purpose room, each lap getting them closer to their end goal: raising funds for Chromebooks for each classroom.

“We need about 17 classrooms sets of 20 to 25 Chromebooks,” said Kadie Nielsen, who is co-Parent-Teacher Association president with Ann Fisher. “We asked teachers what they needed and that’s what they told us. With each class having their own set of Chromebooks, they won’t have to schedule to use technology.”

In addition to raising funds for Chromebooks, the Nov. 5 fun run contributions will be used for typical PTA activities such as Reflections, Red Ribbon Week, field trips, teacher appreciation, classroom supplies and other PTA events. 

As of press deadline, with more donations still needing to be counted, Oakdale had about $8,000 of the $30,000 they hoped to raise to purchase for Chromebooks and use for other PTA activities, Principal Kierstin Draper said.

Students were encouraged to ask family and friends for donations and either to bring the funds to school or to have them submit payment online. Local businesses also made donations and gave financial support, Nielsen said.

Students, wearing their white T-shirts with a school logo, were encouraged by a deejay to steadily run laps. Afterward, the PTA recognized top runners and top fundraising by class.

“It’s a fun way to raise funds and by doing it ourselves, it all stays with the school for the students,” Nielsen said