Cardinal Dash raises funds for school causes
Luverne’s Parents Partners in Education (PPIE) completed a unique fundraiser Friday, April 24, in a fun run around the Luverne Public School’s ball fields.
This was the first year the group organized the event that had kindergarten through fifth-grade students request pledges from community members and then run a half-mile to a two-mile course.
“Cardinal Dash: Keeping Cardinal Kids Running” replaced the group’s frozen food fundraiser with the fun run activity.
“We also wanted an event that would encourage families to get outside and be active together,” said PPIE member and organizer Anne Shelton.
Shelton and fellow member Amy Nelson organized Friday’s Cardinal Dash event.
“We were thrilled to see how excited everyone was about the event,” Shelton said. “We didn’t meet our goal, but we still feel it was a success.”
The group raised $12,600 in pledges, short of the $20,000 goal set last fall.
However, with the numerous prizes given away and the holding back of the grand prize if the fundraising goal was met, Shelton said enthusiasm is building for keeping the Cardinal Dash as an annual event.
“We earned enough money to support our kids next year and we have a good foundation to build on in the future,” she said.
The monies go toward enhancing educational activities, such as the upcoming kindergarten track and field day, guest speaker assemblies and the Presidential Physical Fitness awards.
For the Cardinal Dash, students earned prizes for pledge amounts plus students were eligible for the numerous raffle drawings. Because PPIE didn’t reach its goal, the grand prize was kept for possible release next year.
This year, the third-grade class earned the most pledges as a group and fifth-grader Tenley Nelson earned the most pledges as an individual.
More than 530 elementary students ran in Friday’s Cardinal Dash with 235 students returning pledge envelopes with donations, Sheldon said.
“We are very pleased with the entire event,” she said. “It was a challenge and we learned a great deal in organizing and planning it … it fuels my excitement for next year.”