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Run, Lincoln, Run!: Fun Run raises money, promotes wellness

The sun sparkled in a cloudless sky above the Biesiot Activities Center, the laughter of children resounding off the bleachers and the goal posts as the young students of Lincoln Elementary ran laps for fun--and fundraising--on Thursday afternoon.

The students of Lincoln Elementary school enjoy a fun run in the sun on Thursday to raise money for improvements to their playground. Iain Woessner / The Dickinson Press
The students of Lincoln Elementary school enjoy a fun run in the sun on Thursday to raise money for improvements to their playground. Iain Woessner / The Dickinson Press

The sun sparkled in a cloudless sky above the Biesiot Activities Center, the laughter of children resounding off the bleachers and the goal posts as the young students of Lincoln Elementary ran laps for fun-and fundraising-on Thursday afternoon.

"This is our second annual Lincoln Fun Run. It's a run/walk event for our students, and families can join us," Tammy Peterson, principal of Lincoln Elementary, said in a phone interview. "It's actually a fundraiser. It's very creative because it's a fun healthy way to have a fundraiser-students can come exercise and enjoy the BAC environment on this beautiful day."

The event serves two functions, raising money and promoting healthy habits in the students. Funds are raised through sponsorships-Peterson explained that students can be sponsored by their families and friends.

The children certainly needed little persuading to take their marks and get ready, set and go, charging with reckless abandon down the track as soon as Michelle Orton, a member of the parent action committee for the school who oversaw the event, gave the signal.

"Other schools have been doing this and we decided it'd be a great fundraiser for us. We had some items we decided we needed to purchase for the elementary," Orton said. "It was a huge success (last year) all the kids really got involved. It took off, they loved it and we ended up raising quite a bit for the school."

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Quite a bit here means $20,600 in their inaugural year, and turnout for this second annual fun run was large, no doubt thanks to favorable weather.

"Last week we were a little concerned, but the sun is shining this morning and it's a good day for it," Orton said.

Peterson explained that this year's fundraiser is hoping to raise a similar amount of money for improvements to the school's playgrounds. The goal is to create a literal sound garden.

"The funds that are raised will go into a playground development for our back playground and front playground. That development is for a musical garden that we'd like have on both playgrounds," Peterson said. "It's really creating an outdoor musical environment with equipment ... bringing the musical curriculum onto the playground."

This "garden" would consist of playground equipment which is designed to produce musical sounds through use. The result would be the children playing on instruments while at play.

"Many kids can be on these parks at one time, you can almost have a concert," Peterson added.

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