Elementary School Challenge - Fundraiser

The Elementary School Challenge is a fundraiser for local elementary schools. The school with the most participants, staff, students and family, win an award assembly. At the award assembly the school receives a plaque from the to display in their school, a guest speaker (typically an athlete), and the school receives playground balls for each classroom. 

In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Wilson Elementary won the Elementary School Challenge. In 2015 Park View Elementary won the Elementary School Challenge. In 2016 Spring Lake Elementary won the Elementary School Challenge. At the award assemblies students were taught the importance of being active, healthy and drug free. 

A Bobsled Athlete, Jeremy Holm, spoke to the students in 2011, 2015 and 2016; he even brought his bobsled for the students to look at. Last year Jeremy had former Miss USA and Miss Payson join him.

In 2012 and 2013 two years the Jarom and Heath Thurston, a local marathon runner and Iron Man athlete, spoke with the students about how they can participate in marathons and triathlons on the playground.

In 2014 the students were taught by the Payson Royalty and Payson High School Wrestling Team. The Wrestling won State this year and will be sharing encouraging words to the students. The REAL Salt Lake Mascot, Leo the Lion also join in the fun. 

In 2017 for the first time two Elementary School tied the Elementary School Challenge. Park View and Spring Lake Elementary were awarded an assembly. The guest speaker was Tracey Katan, a skeleton and rowing athlete. 

The 2011 and 2012 Elementary School Challenge was sponsored by the donations given to Pay It Forward 5k/1 mile Challenge. In 2013, Kennecott Exploration Company provided the funds for the playground balls and jump ropes. In 2014, Temkin International provided the funds for the playground balls. We appreciate the support from local business to help make this component of the Pay It Forward 5k/1 mile Challenge possible. In 2015 and 2016, Steps Recovery and Temkin International provided the funds for the playground balls. For 2017, Steps Recovery and Temkin International have again provided the funds for Elementary School Challenge.

The excitement of receiving a medal and spending time as a family has great benefits. The award assembly, we hope, will have a lasting effect on the students and encourage them to make healthy decisions.