Tiger Trot Q&A

tiger_trotQ&A: All You Need to Know About the Green Meadow Tiger Trot

What is the Tiger Trot?
The Tiger Trot is Green Meadow Elementary School’s biggest fundraiser of the year.  Students will collect donations in the weeks ahead to support their participation in a family-fun event, hosted by the Green Meadow PTO, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Alumni Field track. During the event, students will run, walk, skip, dance, or cheer on their classmates as each grade makes its way around the track.

How do the donations work?
The Tiger Trot involves rolling donations. We are asking students to submit their donations as soon as they get them and to ask their donors to submit their donations BEFORE the actual Tiger Trot event. Here is how to spread to word with family, friends and contacts:

  • Share the unique webpage address that has been assigned to your child by e-mail or through your social networks. Let your donors know that the Green Meadow PTO is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and donations received will be tax deductible (online donations will receive a receipt).
  • Let your contacts know they have the option of donating by credit card online through MyFunRun.com or by check (made out to Green Meadow PTO).
  • Students can collect checks and bring them into school in a clearly marked envelope (GM PTO Tiger Trot and the student’s unique ID number).
  • Donors can mail their checks directly to the Green Meadow office at 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 Attn: GMPTO Tiger Trot.  Please ask them to include your child’s ID number with their donation.

What will the money raised be used for?
The funds raised for the Tiger Trot will go toward enrichment programs that enhance the educational experience of Green Meadow students. These include interactive visits from authors, historians, musicians and scientists as well as supplemental funds toward field trips. Each grade, from preschool through third grade, participates in these enrichment programs, which are made possible only through the funds that are raised by the GM PTO each year.

How much does a donation have to be?
There is NO MINIMUM donation.  Our goal is to have every student participate in obtaining donations because every student benefits from the money raised! Each enrichment program sponsored by the PTO costs an average of $1,000. We provide two of these programs PER GRADE each year. If each student obtained five $10 donations, we’d surpass our goal of raising $10,000 at this year’s Tiger Trot!

What should my child wear to the Tiger Trot fun run?
Students who will be running should wear athletic shoes. All participating students are asked to wear their grade level’s color shirt (see list below).
Kindergarten – BLUE
1st Grade – GRAY
2nd Grade – ORANGE
3rd Grade – BLACK

Does this fundraiser involve any fun incentives?
Besides participation in the Tiger Trot event on May 6 with their classmates and all the fun activities we have planned, all Green Meadow students who show up at the Tiger Trot will be entered into each grade’s prize giveaways.

Are credit card or cash/check donations preferred?
Either way is acceptable, but we do prefer offline payment by cash or check whenever possible to avoid credit card fees.

What do I need to do during the event?
Your job is to have fun! Cheer on your child and classmates, and try your luck at the many raffles that will be available that day. Siblings are welcome as well. We are also looking for volunteers. If you are interested, please e-mail gmptovolunteers@gmail.com.

Will all students run at the same time?
The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m. We encourage families to come for the whole time to share in family fun activities, raffles and games.  Each grade will have a designated time to run.

How many laps will my child run?
Students do not need to run a set number of laps.  Each grade will run for a specific amount of time (higher grades will run longer than the younger students).

What if it rains?
In the event of rain the Tiger Trot will be held May 13 at the same time.