Hit the roof

Vagnier on top of the school after students hit Romp goal

Foothills Elementary School raised the roof on fundraising this year.

To reward students for reaching their annual fundraising goal, Principal Amy Vagnier had to spend the day on the roof of the school.

The Raccoon Romp walk-a-thon was held on Sept.24 and is the school’s only fundraiser for the year.

“It is completely operated and directed by our FTO [Family Teacher Organization].” She said moms, Charity Thompson, Wendy Quigg and Candy Morgan, led the efforts.

Vagnier said, “I want to say how much I appreciate the help from the volunteers and coordinators. We could not do this without the support of our school family and our community.”

According to school bookkeeper, Priscilla Dailey, the event raised over $30,000.

Students raise funds through pledges from family and friends. This year, the students were challenged to raise $20,000. The event is also sponsored by area businesses.

The principal said funds from this year’s event will be used to purchase curriculum for individual classrooms. By having the supplemental funds, Vagnier said, “We can go over and beyond to educate our children.”

The Raccoon Romp has been an annual fundraiser since Foothills Elementary school opened 16 years ago. Vagnier said funds have been used in the past to purchase everything from playground equipment to computers to projectors as well as to fund special programs.

The school kicks off the event with a pep rally where students were challenged to solicit pledges from family and friends.

Organizers put the ‘fun’ in fundraising by building momentum for Raccoon Romp with “Spirit Week” four days prior to the walk-a-thon.

Vagnier said the week’s themes allowed kids to dress up with “hat day, wacky khaki day, weird hair day and pajama day.”

For the walk-a-thon, students were given a free T-shirts and water bottles that were provided by area business sponsors. Parent volunteers assisted with the event as each grade level took turns walking laps.

Rewards not only included laughing at their principal on the roof, but also individual and classroom incentives.

This year, classes that met their goal received a cookie from the Great American Cookie Company. The top eight students with the highest amount raised were chauffeured to Mr. Gatti’s for lunch in a limousine.

In the past, Vagnier said she has kissed a pig, performed a Hannah Montana Concert, dressed up like a baby and spent the day in a grocery cart.

At the closing ceremony, Vagnier and Vice Principal Tammy Hooper played a version of the TV game show, “Minute to Win It” and the loser had to spend the day on the roof.

Vagnier said, “It was me again.”

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