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Fun Run helps students and their classrooms
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Centennial Arts Academy students run laps around a course during the recent Boosterthon Fun Run. - photo by Tom Reed

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Students at Centennial Arts Academy recently participated in a Boosterthon Fun Run to help put an iPad in every classroom.

Students were encouraged to raise donations for each lap they ran. In a little under two weeks, the school raised more than $20,000.

The Boosterthon Fun Run is a nine-day program designed to help local schools raise needed funds for education while inspiring students to live healthy, character-filled lives.

"Our team has the opportunity to interact with students across the country and get them excited about fitness, leadership and character," said Chris Carneal, Boosterthon founder and president. "Schools often exceed their financial goals, and we challenge students to live out daily character actions in school and at home."

Carneal came up with the idea for Boosterthon as a hassle-free way for schools to raise money that wasn't centered around selling a product, like candy. Instead, students are given motivational materials such as shirts, backpacks and posters. The theme for this year's Boosterthon initative was "Highway USA: On The Road To Good Choices." 

Audrey Trammel, a Boosterthon coordinator, said the theme was geared toward getting kids thinking about life choices.

"On the road of life, students will be faced with many choices. Highway USA teaches them how to make choices that count through 'Choice Challenges.' Each day, students will experience lessons in leadership, character, education, fitness and the importance of a positive attitude," Trammel said. Along the way, students will also learn about 'Highway Heroes,' influential figures of the past whose lives were marked by a single choice that made a positive impact on the world. Highway Heroes include Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Glenn Cunningham and Amelia Earhart.

"This was our third year serving Centennial Arts Academy," said Coby Rosson, Boosterthon team leader. "The Boosterthon Fun Run Event may be an annual event, but the team strives to keep students thinking about character throughout the year. This year, the Boosterthon team gave each classroom a 200-page storybook built around our character lesson that was written by one of our very own team members."

On Thursday, Feb. 7,  Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy in Gainesville will hold a Fun Run as well.

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