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Boosterthon Schools . . . Meet the HeroSteps Hero Pack!

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For 5 years Boosterthon’s given our teachers a free resource to help make our character themes come alive for their students. But instead of delivering our classic children’s books this year, we dreamed up a classroom resource that would fully integrate into classroom teaching, yet still have storytelling magic. We would include fun videos, music, writing and games for students, while crafting it to fulfill national educational standards and easy use for teachers.

IMG_8454So, what is the Hero Pack?

It’s an uplifting character program that fits in a backpack pocket. Students watch interactive music and character videos and respond to fun, challenging questions. Each video goes along with HeroSteps’s newest school theme, ROCK’N TOWN LIVE, a music festival theme all about COMMUNITY. The Hero Pack allows students to listen, laugh, sing, jot and reflect on character content that feels like entertainment but has a positive twist.

Teachers simply play a video or a song to kick-start or wind down the school day with these energizing character activities. When students complete the workbook, they’ll fulfill five grade-level national education standards. Teachers can select activities at random, or they can follow the schedule to extend the Hero Pack into a full three-week character program.

What’s Inside?

  • 7 music videos
  • 5 community challenges
  • Music album
  • 24-paged student workbook
  • 5 BoostFit kid videos

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Teacher Review

“I was in awe of your ability to teach character ed in such a cool way that kids understood! Your messages are right on for your target audience . . . even a 6-year-old completely got the messages and thought they were cool!”

- Sonia Parker, Gifted Teacher, Hampton Cove Elementary (Huntsville, AL)

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So, why the upgrade? Like with everything, Booster constantly re-imagines what is possible. That’s why we invented our new HeroSteps brand, which would take our character themes to heroic levels, impacting more students.

And that’s our favorite thing to do–whether it’s through a fun fundraising program, a high-five, or a character program.

Love character? Then, “Like” HeroSteps on Facebook to get the latest news on school themes today’s students love.

Boosterthon’s 2014-15 GiveBack Program – KidFit Salute

KidFit-LOGOWhen a military parent is deployed, it can be a very challenging and scary time for the child. That’s why Boosterthon is partnering with the non-profit Our Military Kids to provide financial support for military kids hoping to play a sport. Sports help keep these students plugged into their communities while a parent is away or injured.

When a Boosterthon student reaches the $5 per lap reward level, they’ll receive the KidFit Water Bottle and we’ll make a small donation to provide a kid fitness grant through Our Military Kids. With your help, we’ll reach our goal of $25,000 toward kid fitness grants.

“Our Military Kids works every day to help children stay active and happy while they have a parent deployed overseas or recovering from severe injuries sustained in service to our country,” said Linda Davidson, executive director of Our Military Kids. “Partnering with Boosterthon’s KidFit Salute initiative will help more kids play sports during what can be an incredibly difficult time. It’s important for kids to be kids, regardless of their circumstances, and we’re honored that Boosterthon will help us make that happen.”

Learn more about Our Military Kids.

5 Things to Guarantee A Rock’n Pre-Program Meeting

The fall semester is almost here and we can’t wait to begin meeting with your school leaders to kick-start this year’s Boosterthon program, Rock’n Town Live! But before we do that, take a look at these suggestions to help your program run more smoothly and efficiently.


1. Bring Everyone.
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The more, the merrier! At the meeting, we want to meet everyone involved with the Boosterthon at your school.

2. Form a Boosterthon team.
From decorations to communication to water stations, forming one team with different roles helps your program run smoothly.

3. Create your goal.

Decide on your financial goal and identify the main reason why you are raising funds. Start communicating your goal as soon as possible.

4. Plan out your semester calendar.
Scheduling school activities or smaller fundraisers close to your Boosterthon date is the #1 way to hurt your profitability. Rescheduling is key.

5. Remember the past.
What has your school been able to accomplish with the Boosterthon? Remind your parents about past success!

Need help visualizing just how much the Boosterthon can help your campus?  Check out our ten-year journey with Mt. Laurel Elementary in Birmingham, Alabama to see how partnering with the Boosterthon year after year can transform your school.

-Aimee

America’s Greatest Leader: An Independence Day History Story From Boosterthon’s Founder

I love America!

The Founding Fathers gave us incredible stories to tell 238 years after the independence of our country. I’m fascinated by this time in history and have read many books about the challenges and characters of this crucial era. For me, there’s one leader who stands out from a large group of intentional leaders—the Founding Father himself—George Washington.

the-resignation-of-george-washington-john-trumbullWashington had many admirable qualities as a brave general and strong leader. But THE character trait, and THE act that defined his true leadership, and changed the course of U.S history, was what he chose to do with this power. After miraculously winning the War of Independence, the American people wanted George Washington to be king. Yes, a king. Even though we had previously fought against a monarchy.

And here’s what George Washington did:

Though he could have had absolute power as king, and reigned his entire life instead of just a few years as President, he turned over his sword to Congress. He relinquished his power. This might be the greatest act of humble leadership in American history. King George in England heard rumors about Washington’s act of humility and could not believe it. He said, “I don’t know if this is true; but if it is, he is the greatest man in the world.”

George Washington used his power, leadership, authority, responsibility and resources for the good of others. He was leading for the future, thinking about a story much larger than merely his own. Today, we could have a monarchy instead of a democracy, but Washington acted with humility and graciousness towards all, for the good of all. We have the awesome and humbling opportunity to live in a nation that was shaped by selfless decisions like this! One act, with the future good of others in mind, changed the world.  

I’m thankful for General Washington, our Founding Fathers, and the selfless leaders everywhere who sacrificed their today for our tomorrow.

And thank YOU for all the times you selflessly lead and make decisions, not for your own good, but for the good of others—your family, your schools, and your community. This ultimately impacts our great nation.

This Independence Day, celebrate the greatest nation on earth like never before, and do all you can to continue to make us even greater!

God Bless America!

Chris Carneal
Founder, President of Boosterthon

4 DIY Rock’n Town Live Decorations

Boosterthon’s newest character theme, Rock’n Town Live, is headed to your school soon! Every year, we are blown away by our awesome (and crafty) parent volunteers who completely transform their schools to match our theme and help get their students excited about our program.

So, grab your scissors, glue, and some household items, and join us as we make four DYI crafts that will make your school hallways rock this coming school year.

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Microphone

Things you’ll need:

String

Small round object

Cone-shaped microphone base

Decorations

Spread a thin layer of glue evenly around your round object – try using a tennis ball. Cover it with a decoration of your choice. We used silver sequins. Next, spread glue evenly on the cone-shaped microphone base and wrap with any string.We used blue yarn, but fun shoe laces or ribbon would work great too. Attach the round object to your  microphone base and you’ll be ready to play a show!

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Tambourine

Things you’ll need:

Bells

Ribbon

Wooden Loom Frame

Begin by gluing one end of the ribbon to the loom . We used black, but any color works. Wrap the ribbonaround the loom – be sure to cover all the wood. Thread bells onto the ribbon as you go around the loom, spacing them out evenly as you go. When you’ve covered the entire circle, tie off your ribbon and start playing some music.

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Drum

Things you’ll need:

Bucket

Rubber band

String

Fabric

Decorations

Grab a bucket from around the house to get started – a paint can could work too. Using a hot glue gun, attach the string in a triangular pattern around your drum. We used yarn, but any string will do. When you’ve gone all the way around, tie off the string. Next, cut a circle out of any fabric. This will be used as the drum head, so you want to be sure and cut it a little bigger than the diameter of your bucket. Use a rubber band to secure the fabric around the top, and cover it with a ribbon that you love. To finish it off, you can add pipe cleaners and puffballs to decorate!

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Drum Sticks

Things you’ll need:

Wooden dowel (2)

Round object (2)

String

Glue a round object to the end of a wooden dowel. We used a foam ball, but use your imagination! Wrap the ball with any string you like and presto – drumsticks.

Check out more Rock’n Town Live inspiration on our Pinterest Board. Try crafting these spotlights or banners too. Have fun and be creative!

-Cecily

 

6 Rock’n Activities To Do This Summer (Even In Your Community).

It happens every summer. The pool is fun for the first month, and the neighborhood games for the second, but soon enough your students say the dreaded phrase, “We’re booorrrred.” Have no fear. We’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of 6 community activities, inspired by our new Rock’n Town Live theme, that will get your students off the couch and out experiencing your town.

1. Post-It pick-me-ups. Amplify others in your community by having your students write encouraging words or quotes on sticky notes and posting them in unexpected areas. You never know whose day you could brighten at the gas pump or cross walk.

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2. Soda bottle sprinkler. Grab an old soda bottle, bathing suit, tape and a water hose. All you have to do is poke holes in the bottle, and attach the hose with tape. It’s as easy as 1-2-3! Not to mention it will save you from watering your lawn.

3. Those boots were made for walkin’. Next family outing try walking to your destination, or if you live far, drive to a closer area, park, then walk the rest of the way. To make the walk even more fun, make a list of sounds to listen for and see who can check off the most. Here are a couple to get you started: car horn, animal noises, construction.

4.Working at the “bike” wash, yeah! Instead of waiting for the rain to wash away all that summer muck, have your student invite their friends over for a bike wash. Set up different stations for washing, rinsing, and drying. It’s a great way to stay cool and encourage your students to care for their belongings.

5. Meet 100 neighbors in one night. Next time your home team is playing, head over to a local restaurant to watch the game— you’ll be surprised about how fast celebrating or grumbling over the results can turn strangers into neighbors. Don’t forget to give someone a high-five every time your team scores! Looking for a game? Watch Team USA in the FIFA World Cup this summer. Check out their schedule.

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6. Find your community charm. Every community has an event that is fun for the whole family— whether it’s a road race, screen on the green, arts festival, or Fourth of July fireworks.  Make it a family goal to attend at least one this summer.

Think your community isn’t cool? You might be surprised by all the fun things going on! Keep up with your local newspaper and website for upcoming activities, and encourage your friends to join in on the fun. Let’s celebrate our communities and make this the best summer yet!

-Cecily

Have a favorite summertime t-shirt? You do now!

What can make a great vacation even better? Winning gift cards because you wore your Boosterthon Fun Run shirt!

We love seeing our students sporting their shirts outside of school. Well . . . school is out and summer is here! If your student rocks their Boosterthon shirt, you could win big!

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Take a picture of your child in their Boosterthon shirt at your favorite summer spot - whether it’s the top of the Empire State Building, the water park, or wherever summer magic is happening! 

Send us your picture at info@boosterthon.com. Our three favorites will win a $50 Amazon gift card!

The contest ends July 31st , so make sure you pack your Boosterthon Fun Run shirt and get out there!

Happy Summer!

-Cecily

Officially Announcing the 2014-2015 Boosterthon Character Theme – Rock’n Town Live!

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Your community rocks! That’s why for the 2014-2015 school year, Boosterthon is gathering your school community together for a fun, unforgettable musical festival experience with our newest character theme, Rock’n Town Live—powered by HeroSteps, a Boosterthon sister company.

Rock’n Town Live is a music festival theme all about COMMUNITY. Digital devices in homes across America can keep students inside and isolated. A theme about getting them out into the community is more important than ever. This character theme takes students backstage at a town music festival to learn from the Rock’n Town band about the five traits that make communities rock. Each musically inspired Community Challenge is paired with a fun, radio-ready song and music video that will have students singing about character and fitness for the rest of the year.

5 Community Challenges

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Herosteps_Primary_OnYellowCreated under the new HeroSteps brand, the Rock’n Town Live theme has taken over 12 months and thousands of hours to produce. And people like you helped. Last year, parents, teachers, and administrators from Boosterthon’s “Blue Group” created this theme—HeroSteps took their vision and made it come to life. With more resources and innovation poured into this parent-chosen theme than ever before, Rock’n Town Live is by far Boosterthon’s best theme yet.

Our 2014-2015 schedule is 80% full and filling quickly! Reach out to your local Boosterthon leader or CONTACT US to experience our all-new program.

So, spread out a blanket. Have a seat on the green lawn. The show’s about to start.

And cheer with your community at . . . Rock’n Town Live!

Enjoy the “Plug In To Serve” music video.

How Would You Like Your Boosterthon?

We all love options. This year, our schools asked for more of them in our program, and we listened. We’ve been busy at work, and are excited to announce that we’ve upgraded the way schools experience the Boosterthon by offering multiple service levels, something we call “Preferred Choice.”

Just like a dinner menu, Preferred Choice now gives our schools the option to select the Boosterthon program that best suits their taste.

Each new service level offers the legendary Boosterthon experience but with customizable features and pricing. The more you raise, the more you keep!

3 Preferred Choice service options.

LIVE#1 Boosterthon LIVE

Boosterthon Live is our full-service fundraising option. The enthusiastic Boosterthon team visits your campus daily, handling every aspect of the program. The hassle-free experience is the same Boosterthon program we have perfected for over a decade!

 

EVENT#2 Boosterthon EVENT

Boosterthon Event blends the enthusiastic Boosterthon team with your knowledgeable school and parent group! Our team is on campus for the beginning and grand finale events, allowing you the freedom to uniquely customize the lessons and rewards in between.

 

EXPRESS#3 Boosterthon EXPRESS

Boosterthon Express is perfect for schools that want the benefits of the Boosterthon with the perks of a self-run event! A local veteran Boosterthon professional guides your Boosterthon experience, every step of the way.

 

So, your table is ready. Right this way. We’re honored to serve you.

Now, how would you like your Boosterthon? It’s your choice.

Reach out your local Boosterthon leader today or CONTACT US to learn more about Preferred Choice and securing a spot on our quickly filling 2014-15 calendar.

You’re Invited to our 4th Annual BoosterFest (May 21-23)

Congratulations! You did it! Throw up your hands! Give someone a high five!

An entire school year has come and gone and summer is finally upon us. Over 700,000 students had a blast experiencing our Camp High Five theme all about friendship.

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That can mean only one thing: It is time for the 4th annual BoosterFest!

What is BoosterFest? BoosterFest is an online, interactive festival hosted on our Facebook Page where we have fun games, contests, giveaways, and on the last day, reveal the NEW 2014-2015 character theme.

Why do we host it? To celebrate YOU! We serve awesome schools filled with amazing students, teachers, & parents, and it’s time for us to say, “THANK YOU” for a great year! It’s one of the most exciting times of the year!

Curious what you might find?

  • Never-before-seen behind the scenes pictures
  • Boosterthon Trivia
  • Next year’s character trait sneak peeks
  • Contests with gift card winners
  • Year highlights
  • Caption contests
  • . . . and finally . . .The BIG REVEAL! The 2014-2015 character theme!

What can you WIN just by having fun?

  • Over $200 in Amazon, Target, and iTunes gift cards
  • Boosterthon prizes
  • Boosterthon books
  • MORE!

Join us from May 21st-23rd on our Facebook Page for three days of festival fun. Countdown with us as we announce our 2014-2015 theme on the 23rd at 3:30 EST. You don’t want to miss this.

Give our Facebook page alike to have the best opportunity to win, and remember to check back often for our time sensitive contests.

For a fourth year running . . . see you at BoosterFest!

Want a taste of what BoosterFest is like? Check out last year’s BoosterFest highlights here.

 -Aimee

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