The Dragon Dash is our annual jog-a-thon fundraiser. This is our largest fundraiser each year.
This year, we ran on September 30th. We are so thankful for all students, parents, guardians & friends! We are excited to announce that with your help, we broke all records and raised over $118,000 for our school - WAY TO GO!
It’s a super fun event for the kids, where they can run, jog, or walk with their classmates and teachers to raise money for our school.
September 2022 Dragon Dash
Each year, we partner with Booster, a national company that helps schools raise funds with their fitness and character programs.
thank you all students for running!
thank you all families and friends for pledging and helping our school!
you did it!
We are excited to announce that with your help, we broke all records and raised over $118,000 for our school - WAY TO GO! Please continue to share and thank you for your incredible support!
Mr. Hamilton, our amazing Elementary Interventionist, ran over a whole marathon during our race day on Friday - 35 miles in almost 7 hours!! Instead of “per laps”, he’s raising funds “per mile” - what a huge accomplishment! Thank you Mr. Hamilton!!
We’re excited to see our school come together in this fundraising program that will give us an extra boost of energy and much needed funds, too! We appreciate your support more than you know!
CORPORATE MATCHING INSTRUCTIONS
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS
Step 1: After making a donation, you will see a search bar that says “See if your employer will match your donation!”
Step 2: Simply type in the name of your employer into the search bar and select it from the drop down menu.
Step 3: The page will then indicate if you qualify for a matching gift program along with next steps.
HOW DO YOU SUBMIT YOUR MATCHING GIFT?
1. If you qualify for a matching gift program, then you will see instructions to submit a matching gift request directly on the donation confirmation page.
2. Simply select “Go to Matching Gift Form” to begin the matching process.
3. Different employers use different methods for matching gift submission forms. The matching gift form link on your confirmation page will give you easy next steps to begin the process.
Special Thanks to the Sponsors of Our September 2022 Dragon Dash
Please visit our sponsors and support them, if you can. Let them know you're a Flagstaff family.
Special Thanks to the Sponsors of Our October 2021 Dragon Dash
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Dragon Dash JOG-A-THOn?
The Dragon Dash jog-a-thon is a fun run organized by the PTO each year. Dragon Dash is our largest fundraiser of the year, with proceeds going towards educational enhancements for our students & staff. Families normally collect donations for the laps their student(s) walk/jog/run. Funds raised from this event go to help fund the PTO’s Annual Budget.
What is Booster & why DOES Flagstaff Academy PTO partner with them?
Booster is a national fun run company specializing in helping schools raise funds with their fitness and character programs. Flagstaff Academy PTO has partnered with Booster the last few years and our jog-a-thon has increased in its fundraising success. Booster helps Flagstaff Academy's PTO lessen the volunteers it needs and has increased the success of this event
What are we raising funds for?
Dragon Dash donations will be used to help fund the PTO Annual Budget. These funds go directly back to the school to pay for amenities not found elsewhere in the district. In past years, donations have helped fund the Outdoor Classroom, Innovations Lab, coding software, more library books, the bouldering wall, Colorado Mountain Club Outdoor Education, chromebooks, mental health education, smart boards and many more items! The teacher incentive program allows us to gift 10% of each classroom net donations to go directly back to your student’s classroom teacher! Last year we gifted the teachers $9K to spend on their own classrooms as a result of this program. Learn More.
How do I register My student(s)?
Is it safe to register my student(s) at FunRun.com?
Yes! Funrun.com is protected by and covered under COPPA, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which means Boosterthon will not disseminate any personal information. Boosterthon follows all standards associated with that act to create the safest online environment possible. That’s why in order to create an account, you must be 18 years or older and why there is a waiver that parents must accept when they register their student.
HOW CAN STUDENTS GET PLEDGES?
Students can connect to donors by sharing their Giving Guide on Facebook, through email, or even a text. Each student’s pledging dashboard has a SHARE BUTTON to easily share about fundraiser through email, text and social media. Donors can enter and pay for those pledges online on your student’s page!
CAN DONORS PAY FOR PLEDGES ONLINE?
YES! Donors will be prompted to pay online for all pledges, even per lap pledges. Donors will receive an email after the run with the amount of their payment based on how many laps were run.
CAN I MAKE A PLEDGE IF I DON’T WANT TO PAY ONLINE?
Yes. You can either turn in the payment for a pledge listed on the GIVING GUIDE, or you can request to turn off online payments for your account through the help desk on funrun.com. If you turn in a cash or check donation (made payable to Flagstaff Academy PTO), please put the donation into an envelope clearly labeled with your student’s name and teacher’s name. There is a stand alone mailbox in the vestibule of school (on the wall, left of the doors) during Dragon Dash your child can deposit his/her clearly labeled envelope into.
CAN I WRITE A CHECK OR GIVE CASH?
Certainly, for pledges that are not made on funrun.com, you can turn in cash or check to the school. Place your donation into an enclosed envelope clearly labeled with the student's & teacher's name. These can be turned into their teacher with the Giving Guide or dropped in the white mailbox in the vestibule (on the wall to the left of the doors). Please make checks out to: Flagstaff Academy PTO.
WHAT IF FAMILIES DON’T HAVE INTERNET?
If a student's family does not have Internet access, they can use the giving guide to record all pledges and send in the payment with the students giving guide. When your student(s) turn in their giving guide please be sure to secure the payment in a sealed envelope and include the student name & teacher's name. They may turn this into their teacher with their Giving Guide or drop in the white PTO mailbox in the vestibule (on the wall to the left of the doors).
WILL MY STUDENT STILL EARN PRIZES FOR DONATIONS THEY COLLECT THIS YEAR?
Yes! During the program, students will receive the prizes they’ve earned for the donations (per lap or flat) the very next day. Booster & the PTO are following strict guidelines to keep everyone safe.
CAN STUDENTS RECEIVE A PRIZE FOR FLAT DONATIONS?
Yes! All flat donations count toward pledges and are rounded by 30 (the average student will run over 30 laps). So, a $30 donation is the same as $1 per lap. A $60 donation is the same as $2 per lap, etc.
WILL MY STUDENT REALLY RUN 30 LAPS? HOW BIG IS THE TRACK? HOW LONG WILL THEY RUN?
Yes, all students, even pre-schoolers & kindergarteners! The Dragon Dash jog-aathon track is about 1/16th of a mile and the national average is 35 laps. Pre-k and kindergarteners will run for 15 minutes. Grades 1-8 will run for 25 minutes.
IS RUNNING ON THE PAVEMENT SAFE?
We actually have fewer injuries running in the parking lot versus the grass than in past years. The Dragon Dash jog-a-thon is a FUN RUN, so students will jog, run, skip, jump, do a conga line and take dance breaks. We always have our amazing nurse in the building, just in case.
DOES MY STUDENT NEED TO BRING ANYTHING SPECIAL THAT DAY?
Please have students wear athletic shoes and bring a water bottles on race day. They will be receiving a special Dragon Dash jog-a-thon t-shirt, given out by their teacher. Don't for get a smile and a fun attitude!! Nothing else is needed.
CAN I RUN WITH MY STUDENT(S)?
For the safety of the runners, only students and staff will be allowed to run.
WILL TOP FINISHERS IN EACH CLASS RECEIVE AWARDS THIS YEAR?
No ribbons, medals or trophies will be awarded this year.
WILL STUDENT(S) RECEIVE A SNACK AND WATER AFTER THEY RUN THIS YEAR?
Students are welcome to bring their own water bottle to drink from & they have the ability to refill it from the water fountain inside the school. Students will not be receiving a snack after running. However, you are welcome to pack an extra snack for your student(s).
HOW WILL THE NUMBER OF LAPS MY STUDENT(S) RUN BE TRACKED THIS YEAR?
All students will receive 35 laps marked through the online Booster system. We will not be tracking laps on t-shirts, like we have in years' past.
Will middle school be doing the color run again this year?
YES! Please check out the "Registration Information" section above for more information on how the Color Run will work. Look for the light green section on the right.