Jefferson Elementary School students are gearing to jog for a computer lab this month.
The school kicked off its annual Jog for Jefferson fundraiser during an Aug. 30 assembly for the event that will occur Sept. 20.
"We hope to be able to raise funds for various things like community garden materials, beautification of the building and technology, but our big goal is a computer lab in the media center," principal Roben Frentzel said.
This is the 16th annual Jog for Jefferson, the major fundraiser for Jefferson's PTO, said Debbie Kellogg, jog coordinator.
"The kids get flat-rate donations instead of (sponsorship) per lap, but we do keep track of the laps the kids walk/run," she said. "The child who runs the most laps in each grade wins a prize. Last year, the kids ran a combined 6,747 laps or 1, 686.75 miles."
In the past five years, the event has raised more than $120,000. This year's goal is $20,000.
Jog proceeds have been used for author visits, touch-screen computers and SMART Boards for the classrooms, new playground equipment, field trips and books.
"We also get corporate donations of money and prizes," Kellogg said. "If any companies would like to donate, they can contact me. Their name is displayed on a banner at the event and at the school during the school year."
Businesses interesting in donating should email Kellogg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-383-8771.
The theme of this year"s jog is "Make Your Mark," as a way of encouraging the youth to make a positive mark at school, at home and in the community, Kellogg said.