Students enjoyed tapping the Jog-A-Thon banner as they did their laps.
Students enjoyed tapping the Jog-A-Thon banner as they did their laps.

Queen Anne Elementary’s student-powered Jog-A-Thon fundraiser was a cool run on a hot new track this year.

Students spent last year at the old John Marshall High School while Queen Anne Elementary underwent a $13.2 million renovation and expansion that included a new outdoor play space.

The Queen Anne Elementary PTSA used that new space to craft a track for students to run during this year’s Jog-A-Thon.

“This has been an annual fundraiser for a number of years,” said principal Janine Joy. “The idea is it’s a celebration of our school spirit and it starts off with kids setting goals.”

Students decide how many laps they want to run or walk, but the funds they raise are not based on the number.

“Their running is what it’s about, whether it’s one lap or 10 laps, whichever they’re running is great,” said Queen Anne PTSA president Sandra Nanney.

Roy said students are prepared for the Jog-A-Thon, not just the physical education side, but also by their primary teachers in the context of setting and achieving goals.

It’s a great feeling.

“It’s something then that anchors their thinking, so when they set off to create new goals, they think, ‘Hey, I can do that,’” Roy said.

The Queen Anne PTSA was at more than $36,000 of its $40,000 fundraising goal by press time.

Students and their parents helped raise the money by directing family, friends and coworkers to the online donation portal. Nanney, who has been involved in the PTSA since her fourth-grader, Kate, was in kindergarten, said she got a number of pledges by posting the event on Facebook.

Nanney said the PTSA provides funding for kindergarten and first-grade tutors, professional development, a discretionary fund for teachers to use for purchasing supplies, and closing a math curriculum gap in fourth and fifth grade.

Last year the PTSA stepped in to retain the school’s reading specialist.

“It’s a parent-volunteer group,” Nanney said. “We’re always looking for new members.”

The next student-powered fundraiser will be during a project-based learning showcase on Dec. 12.

The Queen Anne Elementary expansion project provided a makers space, where Roy said students are focused this year on environmental stewardship and social justice.

“It’s wonderful to have space to learn, and we have one of the first student makers spaces in the state,” she said.

Learn more about the PTSA and upcoming events at