Q&A: All You Need to Know About the Green Meadow Tiger Trot
What is the Tiger Trot?
The Tiger Trot is Green Meadow’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 (raindate: May 13, 2017), at the Alumni Field. During the event, students will run, walk, skip, dance, or cheer on their classmates as each grade makes its way around the track. There will also be games, raffles, a Lucky Duck game, face painting, balloon animals, and a silent auction.
What is the Schedule for the day?
11:00 12:30 Setup
12:30 2:10 Registration open
1:05 1:15 PreK/K warmup
1:20 1:35 PreK/K race (1 lap, 15 mins)
1:25 1:35 1st grade warmup
1:40 PreK/K raffle
1:40 1:55 1st Grade race(2 laps, 15 mins)
1:45 1:55 2nd grade warmup
2:00 1st Grade raffle
2:00 2:15 2nd Grade race (3 laps, 15 mins)
2:05 2:15 3rd grade warmup
2:20 2nd Grade raffle
2:20 2:40 3rd Grade race (4 laps, 20 mins)
2:45 3rd Grade raffle
2:50 3:30 Grand Prize/Raffles
*Check in starting at 12:30pm, but must be checked in at least 10 minutes before your grade race
Do I have to register?
Yes. Please send in your 2017 Trot Registration Form to the school by Friday, April 28. Pre-registration helps us to get everything ready in advance so we can keep the registration lines short at the event. Late forms will be accepted after that date and on the date of the event.
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. The GM 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 http://www.greenmeadow.com/myfunrun.com or by cash or check (made out to GMPTO).
- Students can collect cash or checks and bring them into school in a clearly marked envelope to GMPTO Tiger Trot along with the student’s ID (i.e., if your child has a personalized webpage, indicate their name, or if you have opted not to have a personalized webpage, use the GM Student ID).
- Donors can mail their checks directly to the GM office at 5 Tiger Drive, Maynard, MA 01754 Attn: GMPTO Tiger Trot. Please ask them to include your child’s student ID with their donation (e., if your child has a personalized webpage, indicate their name, or if you have opted not to have a personalized webpage, use the GM Student ID).
What will the money raised be used for?
The funds raised 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 that is 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 $11,000 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).
Pre K – ORANGE 2nd Grade – BLUE
Kindergarten – RED 3rd Grade – GREEN
1st Grade – YELLOW
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. Each participant will also be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize of a FitBit!
Early Bird Incentive – Earn extra tickets! Get your pledges in by Friday, April 28 and you will receive additional tickets for the drawing for every $25 you collect in pledges. So if you collect $50 in pledges, you will receive 3 tickets for the drawing (1 ticket for participating, and 2 for collecting $25 + $25 = $50 in pledges).
Are credit card or cash/check donations preferred?
Either way is acceptable, but we do prefer offline payment by cash or check whenever possible, as we incur a credit card fee for each transaction.
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 and games that will be available that day. Siblings are welcome as well. We are also looking for volunteers to help at the Tiger Trot. If you are interested, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will all students run at the same time?
The event runs from 1:00 to 3:30 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.