One of the Biggest (and Funnest) School Fundraising Events of the Year!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Picture this. Over one hundred kids lined up at their class’s “start line”. The theme to “Chariots of Fire” begins to blare over the loud speaker…the excitement builds and then the announcer says, “Ready, set, go!”, and the kids are off…running to raise money for the school programs they love…

The McKinley Parent Teacher Club’s JOG-A-THON is one of our school’s biggest fundraisers and your support is vital. Most importantly this is the only event where the kids take the lead in raising money for their school. Did you know that most of McKinley’s music/dance, art, and Spanish programs are no longer funded by the school district? The only reason our kids get to participate in these programs is because we raise the money to fund them.



We are asking students who are able and willing to participate to get their families, friends, neighbors, and/or parent/guardian co-workers to sponsor them in the JOG-A-THON. Although most families have found it easier to collect “flat donations” from sponsors (e.g. $25 for the whole event), some families/sponsors prefer to make per lap pledges (e.g. $1/lap). Download sponsorship forms: English, Español

Donations can be made using cash, check, or credit cards. Please have all checks made out to McKinley School Foundation.

ONLINE is our new web based fundraising tool. It’s easy to register and use. It takes care of sending sponsor requests via email, notifies you of receipt of donation, and follows up with thank you message. See Pledgestar Flyer (English, Español) for more details.


We will be selling Jog-A-Thon t-shirts this year!! You can purchase them March 6th – 10th for $10 each in front of school (times will be posted on calendar). Cash/check/credit cards are accepted. Or, order online and have it delivered to your child’s classroom.


  • Pizza party with the Principal:    All kids who raise $85 or more
  • Engraved Trophy: Top boy and girl runner (most laps) for each grade level
  • Class party: The class that raises the most money per student
  • Limo Ride to In & Out Burger: Top money raisers (Ride with Principal)


The kids will run laps around a track on the McKinley field/blacktop (approximately 1/8 of a mile lap for Kindergarten/1st graders and 1/4 of a mile for all other grades). Most students run about 8 to 10 laps, a little more for the older kids.

This year’s JOG-A-THON schedule is as follows:

  • Grades K & 1st:    9:00am-9:20am    20 mins
  • Grades 2nd & 3rd:    9:35am-10:05am    30 mins
  • Grades 4th & 5th:    10:20am-11:00am    40 mins

Staff and parent monitors will be on the course to ensure that the students do not over-exert themselves. We even have our own parent-doctors, Dr. Tara Zandvliet (aka “The South Park Doctor”) and Dr. Laura on hand to help make sure the kids are okay. In addition, there will be plenty of water and orange slices to keep the kids hydrated. At the end of the run, every child will get an Otter Pop to help them cool off. (Parents: If your child has any physical restrictions such as asthma or other respiratory problems or even if they just don’t like to run a lot, please let them know it is perfectly okay to walk or sit down if they feel the need.) Please notify the office of any special requirements.


Parents also get to help out with the big event. We will need parents to help set up/clean up, donate oranges, help mark the kids laps, hand out water and orange slices during the race, or simply get out and run with the kids to keep their spirits up. If you are able to come and help out, it really is a blast!! Sign up online here:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Our generous sponsors:
Dr. Tara Zandvliet, M.D., The South Park Doctor
And here’s some perspective on the big picture:

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Thanks to Arlene Ibarra for taking the fabulous photos: Arlene Collective



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