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Fitathon Event Raises New Funding Record

Stanford Middle School’s annual Fitathon fundraiser recently netted an all-time record of $71,348. The popular event is like a jogathon but with more activities. Students gather pledges that are honored if the student completes five minutes each of running or walking, rope jumping, hula hooping and obstacle course navigating. The PTA and Stanford will use the money for auditorium enhancements including new curtains, lighting and chairs. The school also plans to purchase benches, new mats and banners for the gymnasium. Stanford began the fundraiser several years ago when assistant principal Charlene Sugarman suggested that the school run its own fundraiser instead of paying an outside company to organize it. Last year the event raised $66,000.