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Colton Elementary students exceeded their fundraising goal for their first annual jog-a-thon.

Colton Elementary held its first annual Jog-a-Thon on Oct. 23. A goal of $8,000 dollars was set. The CES students asked family and friends to sponsor laps run and the school kids surpassed their goal and raised $11,731.35.

CINDY FAMA - The jog-a-thon fundraising total is revealed at a recent assembly.

According to second-grade teacher, Karen Danielson-Groat, the money raised will go for an artist in residence, field trips, PE equipment and other activities that will enrich students' learning.

At a recognition assembly the total amount raised, which had been kept secret from students, was announced to a lot of cheers and applause.

Awards were handed out to students who earned a spot in the 20-lap club. Medals were given to students who ran the most laps. In the kindergarten to second-grade group, earning medals were RJ Hordichok (25 laps), Piper Robbins, Peyten Davis, Berlyn Lister and Kira Stover (20 laps).

In the third to fifth-grade group, medals were earned by Tygh Mettler (26 laps) and Emma Seubert (23 laps). There were two special spirit awards given to Bentley Gilpin (first grade) and Myles Skogan-Boyd (third grade).

Third-grader, Bailey Ogden, said she liked seeing all her friends having fun and knowing they were raising money for their school and was excited that she ran all 20 laps.

"We really wanted to make this a community event, "Danielson-Groat said. "We reached out to Colton Coffee Company, Molalla Aquatic Center, and Colton Café to join us in this new event."

With the partnership of these local companies, students who brought in $50 to $99 received a gift card to Colton Coffee Company and a swim pass to the Molalla Aquatic Center. Students who brought in $100 or more received a pass to the Molalla Aquatic Center and a chance to have lunch at the Colton Café one day during the school week.

Danielson-Groat said two FitBits were the big raffle prizes, for every $20 a student brought in a raffle ticket was entered. First-grade student, John Bunch and third-grade student Bailey Ogden won the FitBits. Bunch also received a medal for bringing in the most donations.

Since the student surpassed the goal of $8,000 dollars, they earned one more incentive prize. Fourth-grade teachers Brittney Herbison and Carly Madlem put on Sumo wrestling costumes and took to the mats in with Madlem coming out on top. With one win under her belt, Madlem earned the chance to take on Principal Tori Hazelton in the final Sumo match. In front of the cheering student population, Madlem won and has been crowned Jog-a-Thon Sumo Wrestling Champion of the year.

"This was such a great event," said Danielson-Groat. "We are looking forward to having our second annual Jog-a-Thon next year. "

"I like the Jog-a-Thon because it was fun and I love to run. I told myself in my head to not let my feet stop." first-grader RJ Hordichok said. "I think the money is for an art teacher."

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