John Wetten jog-a-thon tops record by $9K; Education Foundation golfers net $17K

COURTESY PHOTO: GLADSTONE SCHOOL DISTRICT - John Wetten Elementary Principal Michael Clutter is duck-taped to the wall for the afternoon to reward students for their fundraising efforts.Gladstone school boosters have raised more than $55,000 for the coming school year through two major events, and they celebrated by duct-taping an elementary school principal to the wall

This month, John Wetten Elementary students shattered their previous fundraising record, collecting more than $38,321 at their annual jog-a-thon. Each child gathered pledges and had their turn running laps to raise the money. The previous record jog-a-thon fundraiser at John Wetten was $29,226.

As a reward for their efforts, the children got to duct-tape Principal Michael Clutter to the wall for the afternoon.COURTESY PHOTO: GLADSTONE SCHOOL DISTRICT - John Wetten Elementary School students participate in the October 2021 jog-a-thon fundraiser.

"I'm amazed at the success of this fundraiser and the generous support of our community," Clutter said. "These funds will provide students with technology, field trips, student incentives, end-of-year celebrations, yearbooks and possibly a carnival."

It's not the only fundraiser in Gladstone raising money for local schools. the annual Gladstone Education Foundation golf tournament in July at Stone Creek Golf Course raised $17,000 to provide classroom grants for innovative projects in every Gladstone school, the foundation recently announced.

More than 30 teams participated in the golf tournament, said GEF's Executive Director Tammy Tracy.

"We are grateful to our event sponsors, participants, and the GEF Board for the success of this event," Tracy said.

To make a tax-deductible donation to the GEF, visit Gladstone Foundation's

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