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Why We’re Cheering “Bon Voyage” to 22,000+ Pairs of Shoes

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During the 2015-2016 school year, we’ve invited our schools to join us in the best giveback initiative yet, The Great Shoe Takeoff!

The-Great-Shoe-TakeoffWith the first half of the school year coming to a close, we’re excited to share how schools across the nation are changing the world by providing shoes for people in need.

When a class reaches $30 per lap, Boosterthon buys a one-way plane ticket to send a gently worn pair of shoes here in America to a person in need in another country. So, we’ve teamed up with a few delivery partners who are ready to ship shoes to Guatemala, Haiti, Ecuador and Burkina Faso!

We have a big goal to send 60,000 pairs of shoes to make more people (and feet) a little happier! How have our schools done so far?Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 3.58.12 PM

Thanks to our amazing schools, 22,480 pair of shoes will be sent to people in need. And that’s just for this semester!

Students, teachers and the surrounding communities came together to make the Great Shoe Takeoff their mission. We’re so blown away by the great work they’ve done that we had to share some of the highest number of pairs sent from our schools.

St. Benedict Preparatory School in Chicago, IL, sent 146 pairs! And right behind them were Sope Creek Elementary in Marietta, GA, who sent 125 pairs, and Bradfield Elementary in Dallas, TX, who sent 123 pairs. What a great accomplishment!

We still have a ways to go to reach our goal! So, let’s get out there and change the world. We can do it!

See how schools changed the world last year with KidFit Salute!


What Schools REALLY Think About The Boosterthon…

Big World Recess has been a huge success and there’s still more fun to come in this fall semester. After each program, we ask teachers and clients a series of questions that rate the quality of our program and team.

We’re thankful for the responses we’ve received so far and our Customer Value Score is 4.5 out of 5. We’ve worked hard to make Big World Recess the best Boosterthon experience yet, and here’s what a few of our schools had to say:

– “It was successful because the Boosterthon team was friendly, enthusiastic and organized. I appreciated the daily updates via email from the team. I always felt like I knew what was going on and what to expect.” Laurel Hill Elementary, Lorton, VA.Image-5726572-248536983-2-WebLarge_0_336a8d98a37e40ddbbc7d97237443f6a_1

– “This was our second year with Boosterthon and it again exceeded our expectations.” – Franklin Academy, Pembroke Pines, FL.

– “Their positive attitude was infectious! I also LOVED the email templates to send to parents. It made it so easy to communicate!” – Lamkin Elementary, Cypress, TX.

– “I was very impressed with the entire fundraiser. It was quick, easy for teachers, and very beneficial in raising money. The students loved it!” – Suntree Elementary, Melbourne, FL.

– “My class raised enough money to send 3 pairs of shoes over seas! I love this addition to the program. I thought this year was the best yet!” – Veteran’s Park Elementary, Lexington, KY.Image-5726572-248549495-2-WebLarge_0_72a7b1aed70a7703f18d147d8c751358_1

-“The organization of teacher materials was easier and more user-friendly this year.” – Newington Elementary, Summerville, SC.

– “We loved the packet with all the supplies! Wonderfully organized!” -Settler’s Way Elementary, Sugar Land, TX.


We’re proud of our scores, but we still have room to improve. We’re looking forward to hearing more reviews, making improvements, and bringing your school a great Boosterthon program year after year!

See what we’ve done to take initiative in always providing the best Boosterthon experience for our schools:

3 New Boosterthon Improvements Teachers Will Love

Fundraising Biggest Pledging Innovation is Live!

The Great Shoe Takeoff

Boosterthon Magazine

Meet Thunder Boy! Boosterthon’s Newest (And Youngest) Team Member

Many children dream of what cool job they can have when they grow up: Fireman, doctor, vet. For 7-year-old Jonathan, he wanted to start that job sooner rather than later.

At Westchase Elementary, in Tampa, FL, Jonathan participated in his first Boosterthon as a kindergartener and anticipated seeing the Boosterthon team on campus each year after that. As a second grader this year, he wanted to take his experience to the next level and become . . . an official Boosterthon team member.

But how could he pull off such a feat?

image1 2First, the uniform. He looked through his closet and found a blue shirt, khakis and sneakers (essentials). He dressed himself, but was missing one thing: the Boosterthon star.

Second, the star. He drew a star with a “B” inside of it, cut it out and taped it on the shirt. Not too bad for a homemade Boosterthon uniform!

His mom, Tara, said he started wearing different blue shirts so he could be in uniform every day. After school he’d gather his family in the living room and give the Team Huddle character lesson he’d learned that day.

After a few days of wearing a hand drawn star, he had a thought about making his uniform more official. His mom explains, “He actually asked me to print on the iron-on shirt transfer paper that I use for crafts, but I had to stop short of permanently marking EVERYTHING with the star!” They compromised by printing the logo on normal paper instead.

The last thing—a Boosterthon name. What did he choose? His mom explains, “he loved the support and enthusiasm he received from Lightening Liz, so he wanted a name that would make a good duo.” And that’s how he came up with . . . THUNDER BOY!

image1So, what’s going on with Thunder Boy today? Well, his favorite Big World Recess character lessons are “Play with Humility” and “Run with Endurance,” and his mom sees him applying these principles during hockey lessons and heavy homework nights.

“The team was so wonderful in embracing Jonathan’s self-elected ‘internship,’” Tara says. “He has become more outgoing, reaching out to new students and making sure they have a buddy. The Boosterthon team made a tremendous impression on my son.”

Now that the program is over, Thunder Boy will still use the school year to cheer on his classmates and look for helpful ways he can impact his community. The only change is that he may have to let the uniform take a break and get back to wearing his “normal” school clothes.

Jonathan, we’re proud of you for joining our team and representing us with excellence (and joy!). Keep up the good work and remember to always live with character!

Of Course We Remembered You, Alex.

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Alex Martin is a 7-year-old at Schwarzkopf Elementary in Florida. Like other students, he’s been looking forward to seeing the Boosterthon team since they left campus last year after the Fun Run. He remembers holding the American flag high and proud during the National Anthem, and finishing his 30th lap.

For him, there’s nothing that can get in the way of another great year of Boosterthon…. except an unexpected visit to the hospital.

When Alex was born he was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia Hyperplastic on the right side of his heart (referred to as “Half Heart”). He had his first heart surgery as an infant and has had a total of two open-heart and three cauterizations, with one more surgery to come.

Screen Shot 2015-09-28 at 11.49.50 AMDespite his early health set backs, you wouldn’t know it. Like any other 7-year-old boy, you can find him playing videos games, swimming, riding his bike and roller-skating. He shines the most when he’s active and adventurous. 

His parents don’t put restrictions on his physical activities, so last year’s Boosterthon Fun Run was another way Alex could succeed despite his heart condition. At the Fun Run, Alex kept a steady pace, took breaks between laps and drank a lot of water. Then, he proudly circled the Speedway for his final lap with a huge smile of success! 

A brave student like Alex is hard to forget, so when the Boosterthon team arrived this year at Schwarzkopf and saw that he was absent, they learned he had been hospitalized for a week and was sad he would miss the Fun Run.

There’s no way Team Tampa was going to let him miss some Boosterthon fun. So, they decided to bring the Boosterthon program to him. Toting a goodie bag, the Boosterthon theme song and our character lessons, they visited Alex in the hospital. Alex was thrilled and told his mom he was happy his “friends” (the Boosterthon team) didn’t forget about him.


No, we didn’t forget about you, Alex, and we look forward to seeing you again next year – but hopefully out on the Speedway next time!

Boosterthon Magazine: Students Experience Character, Culture, and Sports on Every Page

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Over the last few years Boosterthon has written and published 5 theme-enhancing children’s books, with over 150,000 copies on classroom shelves. But this year, we’re traveling in a little different direction by introducing the all-new Big World Recess Magazine found in the teacher kit.

When teachers open the first page and begin reading, students will be transported from their classroom to an airplane to a brand new country.

Screen Shot 2015-09-22 at 8.02.13 AMThe first stop is New York City, where students meet Phinette and her girls basketball team, The Comets. You can practically hear the thunderous sound of an army of basketballs pounding the worn wooden floors in their practice gym—a century old elementary school in Brooklyn. The Comets are all about teamwork, and the coach says it best when he huddles the girls before a cheer. “If you ain’t touching, you ain’t family.”

Jetting across the world, students land next in Australia to meet ocean-exploring Jet, a 13-year-old scuba diver. Mesmerized by the beautiful expanse of the ocean and every creature in it, Jet and his “mate” Hugo, suit up and explore the inky blue depths, armed with underwater cameras and curiosity.

Bright yellow soccer jerseys flow through the streets of Brazil. Soccer brings the whole country together, and playing the sport starts at a young age, even for Amanda. She practices on the green fields at school or the goal near her house. Every day she gets a little better with the help of her soccer-loving siblings.

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Our next stop lands us in Japan where we meet Akira and his baseball team, the Giants. In the center of busy Tokyo, white, black, and orange uniforms round the bases of an elementary school play area. Watching, you feel like a well-hit ball could land in one of the high rise balconies circling the field. Akira, the captain, sits on a bench resting an injury from another game. He could be sad but instead he shows humility by cleaning baseballs, picking up bats, and cheering on his team.

Surrounded by white, snow covered mountains, we’re now in Switzerland to hang out with Rino, a stellar snowboarder. In his colorful board and head-to-toe ski gear he hops off the ski lift ready to hit the slopes with confidence. He learns big tricks by taking them one small step at a time—that’s what his coaches tell him.

The temperature is warming up quickly as we make our last stop in Kenya. Surrounded by beautiful acacia trees, you’ll see Patience running with a cloud of dust and other runners behind her. In Kenya’s long tradition of distance running, Patience wins her races by showing endurance.

At the end of every article are questions, new words to learn, and fun facts about the world sports. Teachers can use these to spark discussion and teach students about the big world we live in.

Can you travel the world with a magazine? We think so. See you out there.

Location hop around the world in under 60 seconds with our Big World Recess highlight video.

5 Tips for a Successful Boosterthon

If you’re looking for tips and tricks for your greatest fundraiser yet, we’ve got you covered. With over a decade of fundraising expertise, completing these 5 world-class tips guarantees you the best opportunity for making the most of your Boosterthon program. Let’s get started!

  1. Set a big yet obtainable fundraising goal.
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  2. Motivate teachers
    • Gift cards, catered lunch, “duty” free lunch, etc. are great
      incentives for class participation.
  3. Utilize all forms of communication
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  4. Clear your school calendar of other fundraisers or events
    • If too many events are happening at once, parents can’t focus their attention. So, whether it’s spirit week, a class field trip or picture day, streamline your school’s event schedule around one initiative. Hosting too many events is the number one threat to financial success.
  5. Decorate your entire school
    • Make our Big World Recess theme come to life! Find
      decoration ideas on our Pinterest Page,or let your creativity
      shine by creating your own.

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We can’t wait to hear the results of your awesome Boosterthon program!

Last Year Boosterthon Schools Changed The World By . . .

Throughout the 2014-2015 school year, we invited our schools to help change the world through our giveback initiative, KidFit Salute. Here’s how it worked. When a Boosterthon student reached $5 per lap during our program, they received our KidFit Water bottle and we made a donation to our giveback partner, Our 1533745_752163988154034_842962699345615376_nMilitary Kids, an organization supporting military families.

When a military family has a parent who is deployed or injured, it can be a challenging time for that family, especially for the children. Through sports and community activities, these children can gain support and stay active, regardless of their current circumstances.
And that’s why we love Our Military Kids! They come alongside these special families by providing grants toward sports or fitness-centered activities, and we wanted to rally behind them! We set the bar high and are proud to announce that with the help of our schools, Boosterthon donated a total of $23,974 for kid-fitness grants!

We heard incredible stories throughout the year of military men and women being honored at our Fun Runs, kids in military families holding the American flag during the National Anthem, and learning that PTA members had previously benefited from Our Military Kids while their spouse was deployed.



We couldn’t have done it without the support of our awesome Boosterthon schools. Thank you for helping a great cause. Together we can change the world!

There are many great stories of how Our Military Kids has made a positive impact on families lives. Meet two Boosterthon families who benefitted from this great organization. 


When you think of pledging your school, do you think of revolutionary pledging technology? We do. For busy parents, supporting their school should be simple and (we think) actually fun. And in order to deliver that flawlessly, our team dreams big and goes to work creating pledging inventions that make fundraising easier and a whole lot more fun.

Whether you prefer the old-fashioned phone call, email, text, or Facebook link, our newest feature might become your favorite. As far as pledging technology goes, it’s right out of the lab and already making waves in early August programs.

Introducing the never-before-seen STUDENT STAR VIDEO!

As the first company in our industry to use this revolutionary technology, parents cast their child as the star in a short film by uploading their picture to and we create a personalized video of that student changing the world! Then, parents can share the link and ask for support from friends and family.

“One of Booster’s goals is to be the most innovative fundraising company in America, and we commit lots of time and resources to accomplishing that. Creating the Student Star video was a huge collaboration between our Creative team and Technology team,” says Executive VP of Client Experience, Brett Trapp. “What I love about Student Star is that it makes asking for pledges super easy. You can send it to anyone in your social network because it’s a light, fun way for anyone to pledge a student.”

“It’s been so fun to hear stories of the ‘wow’ moment when students, parents, and sponsors see their student in the video,” says Executive VP of Technology, Todd Trappe. “We’ve been dreaming of this project for years, and it’s finally ready for people to enjoy.”

Now, we wouldn’t tell you about this awesome innovation without giving you the chance to experience it yourself. When your Boosterthon program arrives this year, try it out; but until then, here’s a sneak peek of the Student Star video. Just picture your student as the reoccurring girl’s photo. And get ready to cast your own student as the star in this epic story about changing the world.

Happy pledging (and watching!)

Three New Boosterthon Improvements Teachers Will Love

Boosterthon’s NEW character theme Big World Recess has officially kicked off! This year, we will serve over 1 million students in 1,625 schools nationwide. And while we deliver a better student experience every year, this year, we’re fired up to roll out all new resources to nearly 60,000 teachers that will make the program the best yet.

Screen Shot 2015-08-11 at 3.28.04 PMTo walk you through our three biggest improvements for teachers, meet our Program Excellence Manager, Katie Bersinger. As a former teacher, Katie is an instrumental part of the team that constantly searches for ways to improve the Boosterthon experience for everyone, including teachers. Listening to a ton of teacher feedback from last year and using her own teaching experience, Katie and our Program Excellence team are providing 3 new and improved resources to Boosterthon teachers. Teachers have a lot to think about, so everything here was created with teachers in mind.

The Teacher Kit – At the Teacher Meeting, teachers will receive this beautifully designed package full of resources. The kit includes easy-to-follow action steps, a program overview sheet, a class flag (for decorating), the pledge-o-meter, every character sticker, a character video disc, the Big World Recess character magazine, and a teacher pledge incentives handout. Teachers recieve everything early and upfront to make planning ahead super easy.

“Every aspect of this piece is for teachers,” said Katie. “The resources inside provide structure and understanding to each area of the program. Even the cover is designed for teachers: to honor them and highlight the influence they have on so many students’ lives.”



Teacher Email Templates – On, we are providing a one-stop shop for teachers to communicate with parents. From daily program lessons and updates, to parent action steps, communication with parents is easier than ever.

“These templates are easily accessible, customizable, and are a great way teachers can quickly communicate with every parent.”

Teacher Meeting – The teacher meeting is a pre-program experience we have always provided, but this year, it’s more concise and more fun.

“From daily classroom responsibilities to Fun Run Day expectations, we want every teacher to leave the teacher meeting feeling 100% prepared for the Boosterthon week and understand their role in the program.”

We’ve invested in our teachers, so they feel the honor they deserve. And we’re all looking forward to hearing feedback from teachers this year so we can make next year even better.

Teachers, thank you for your support during the Boosterthon program and an even bigger thank you for making a world of difference in your students’ lives!

From the cover of our Teacher Kit:

“We all have one – that ONE teacher who rocked our world, and we never forget that one as long as we live, living on in our memories forever. Why? Because, even when she didn’t realize it, she was a light – OUR LIGHT. He sparked some passion buried DEEP in our kid-sized souls. She brought to light a TALENT we didn’t know we had. They were MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, even on the rainy days, and we’ve never forgotten. We never forgot that time she cared about us on a day we felt so small. We never forgot that first-time feeling of being believed in. For it was never JUST about the water cycle, the Mayflower and the capitol of Oregon. That teacher – that ONE we remember – dealt in hearts alive, spirits lifted, and hope restored. And these – THESE! – are the ones that CHANGE THE WORLD.”

Do our Big World Recess Countries Have a “Fourth of July?”

Independence Day is almost here! Cookouts, family gatherings and fireworks are right around the corner as we gear up to celebrate the Fourth of July! Every year, we remember the sacrifice and struggle of our Founding Fathers who believed in freedom for our nation, and we celebrate with thankfulness and appreciation.


And with just one month closer to kicking off our new Big World Recess theme to 1,625 Boosterthon schools, we thought, Do other countries have an independence day like we do? It turns out they do. Here’s how our Big World Recess countries celebrate their big day.

Australia Day

Australia Day, January 26, is known as the country’s biggest day of celebration. This day marks its independence from the British and the landing of the First Fleet in 1788. There is no shortage of parades and fireworks as Australians unite as a nation to celebrate their country and recommit to making it a beautiful place to live.Flag_of_Australia_(converted).svg

Jamhuri Day

Jamhuri, the Swahili word for “republic,” is celebrated on December 12, when Kenyans gather together for feasts, parades, political speeches and dancing. The holiday marks two celebratory occasions: the day Kenya gained freedom from the British colonial era in 1963, as well as the day it became a republic one year later in 1964.2000px-Flag_of_Kenya.svg


Swiss National Day

Although only an official holiday since 1994, Switzerland has celebrated August 1st as the founding of the Swiss Confederacy since 1889. The Swiss celebrate with firework displays as well as a beautiful water illumination show at Rhine Falls near Schaffhausen.switzerland_flag_printables_av2

Kenkoku Kinen no Hi

On February 11, Kenkoku Kinen no Hi, meaning “National Foundation Day,” is observed as Japan’s foundation and the accession of its first Emperor, Emperor Jimmu. Schools and offices are closed for this holiday, but no parades or ceremonies take place. Some people will wave the Japanese flag in honor of the day, but many remain indoors and to themselves as a form of quiet observance. Flag-of-Japan


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On September 7th, Brazil celebrates its independence from Portugal in 1822. Brazilians have family outings and picnics during the morning and enjoy parades, air shows, fireworks and musical concerts in the evening.1280px-Flag_of_Brazil.svg

It’s fun to know how other countries honor their nation, but there’s just something so special about how and why we celebrate our own independence as the land of the free and the home of the brave. We hope you have a wonderful, safe, and appreciative Fourth of July with your family.

By the way, did you know this about our Founding Father, George Washington? 


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