2017 Country Lane Colts Walkathon
Hello Country Lane Colts! We are ready to Roll the DICE at our 2017 Country Lane Walkathon!!! From GUESS WHO and CLUE, to CHESS and MONOPOLY, our game-themed event is going to be numero UNO Grande OPERATION! Save the date for Saturday, October 14th from 9am to 1pm. Walking begins at 9am and is finished at 1pm.
WHEN IS THE WALKATHON?
The Walkathon will take place at Country Lane School on Saturday, October 14th from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Families are welcome, and encouraged, to come and cheer for the Country Lane walkers throughout the day.
WHY A WALKATHON?
If you’re new to Country Lane, our annual Walkathon is one of Country Lane Home and School Club’s (H&SC) largest fundraising events, providing funding for one-third of H&SC’s annual budget. H&SC is Country Lane’s equivalent to the PTA.
Students, staff and friends walk the school track (roughly 0.2 mile) for per lap pledges or flat pledges promised by the participant’s sponsors. Prizes are awarded to students for different levels based on the number of laps completed.
Besides being a fun event, the money raised goes toward programs that benefit all Country Lane students. This year’s money will fund any/all of the following:
100% of the funds students raise will go directly to the Country Lane Home & School Club, to benefit our students.
This is your chance to have fun with your friends, get fit, and help make this a great year for Country Lane!
Last year we raised close to $40,000! Our goal this year is to raise $45,000! That’s a BIG number… but with your support our Colts can achieve anything!!! In fact, if each student is able to meet the challenge of raising $70 in pledges and donations, we will have achieved our fundraising goal for the year and won’t need to ask families to raise any more money for the 2017-18 school year! For more information on all of the financial assistance that the CLH&SC provides to Country Lane, please contact one of our Home and School Club Board Members directly.
WAT Volunteer Sign Up
We would love to have every family volunteer at least one hour during the Walkathon. It’s a great way to have something fun to do while the kids make their rounds on the track. There are a wide variety of roles to pick from, to meet everyone’s interests. Please check out the volunteer sign-up at http://countrylane.ivolunteer.com/wat_2017
WAT Sponsorship Opportunities
Do you own your own business or work for a company that would like to get more publicity in our community? Contact Tonya Gazzera at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shalini Priyadarshini at email@example.com to hear about sponsorship opportunities. Click here to see our WAT sponsor letter and form
We have a numero UNO t-shirt contest winner! Congratulations to Andrew Park of Mrs. Shah's 4th grade class. His artwork was selected as the winning design for this year’s Walkathon t-shirt. There were so many amazing entries that it was BOGGLEing! Way to go Country Lane Colts!!!! Our top 12 finalists’ designs can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/countrylaneWAT/. They are also posted in the display board behind Room A (near the front office). All other entries are posted in the windows on the right side of Room A. Please stop by to check them out!
The students love to wear their t-shirts the day of the Walkathon and parents are also encouraged to show their spirit. T-shirts are 100% white cotton, with a color design, and only $10 each. It’s a steal really! Use our form to place your order, due on Wednesday, September 13th. If you can’t find the one that was sent home, no worries, it can be found right here under the Forms link.
Can we make donations on-line?
YES! We have an exciting new platform for donations this year, which allows you to share your child’s donation page around the world. It's called Walkstarter, and you can find the FAQ below. Go to countrylane.walkstarter.org to get started.
Walkstarter is our new online pledge system found at countrylane.walkstarter.org. This system will allow our students to request and collect pledges from friends and family who would like to pay online with a credit card. Each child can create a custom avatar and web page to share with potential donors via email or social media. Donors simply click the link and make a pledge in a few easy steps. Parents and kids can monitor progress toward their fundraising goals and easily send thank-you emails from the site. Walkstarter is private and secure, so no one can get to your child’s page.
Walkstarter is free and was created and first used in 2013 for the Walkathon Fundraiser at Stevenson Elementary in Mountain View, California. After two years of considerable success at Stevenson, it has been shared with the other schools in our area. This is the first year we are using it at Country Lane.
- Should I use online Walkstarter, the paper Pledge Form, or both to collect pledges?
It’s completely up to you and what works best for your friends and family members. If a donor wants to pay with a credit card, they need to make that donation using the URL link you send (this happens at Step 3, after “publishing” your student’s page). If a donor wants to give you cash or a check, you need to turn those pledges in with a paper Pledge Form. So we suggest using Walkstarter to contact as many friends and family as possible online. Then use the paper Pledge Form for anyone who isn't online, for whom you don't have an email address, or who would prefer to give you cash or check (made out to CLH&SC, please). On the Pledge Form you will see where to note the online payments versus checks and cash.
- Why do I need a Google account to sign up?
In order to simplify the login process, Walkstarter uses Google sign-in. But please note, this does not have to be a gmail account. Your Google login is the email address and password you use to access Google Docs and Google Groups. If you don’t already have a Google account, it is free and easy to set one up. Just follow the on-screen instructions to create an account, then you’ll be able to create avatars and web pages with your kids. A Facebook login is also available.
- I can’t remember my Google login info. What do I do?
Google offers password recovery service. Just click the “I forgot my password” phrase to have a temporary one emailed to you.
- Do donors need to log in?
No. Donors simply click the link that you share with them to be guided through a few simple screens to make a payment. (This URL link is created after you complete step 3, “Publish”.) Or, they can donate on the front page at countrylane.walkstarter.org (as shown in image below) and simply place the student name in the correct area as shown. We will make sure that money gets to the student’s account. (This might take a few days.)
- We can’t find our Walkstarter URL to share. What do we do?
Excellent question. There are a few ways to find and share your URL….
- How does my child change his avatar, lap or funding goals?
Login to your Walkstarter page and click on the “edit” button next to the account you wish to change. All students created under one gmail will appear.
- How do I delete my child’s page?
If financial donations have come in via your child’s page, we will need to leave it live until all accounting for this year’s Walkathon is complete. After that time, our Walkstarter leads can delete the page. If no donations have come in from that page, the Walkstarter leads can delete it right away. Please make that request via the Support button on the top right side of any Walkstarter page.
- When will my credit card be charged?
Donors who give a flat or fixed pledge will be charged right away. Donors who choose to give a per-lap pledge will be charged 50% of the per lap pledge amount times the students lap goal. So if the student’s goal is 20 laps and the donor pledges $1 per lap, $10 will be charged right away. The remaining amount will be charged after the Walkathon, once our team enters actual lap totals for each student.
- If I make a per-lap pledge, can I set a maximum or not-to-exceed amount?
Yes. In the per-lap pledge section, there is a space where you can set a maximum dollar amount to donate. This ensures you won’t be surprised if the student greatly exceeds his or her lap goal.
- Can my Company match my donation?
Yes there is a link at the top of the page “Matching” where you can find all the information about your company’s matching program. Make sure you request for company matching to double your donation.
- I think I’ve found a bug in the system. What do I do?
Argh, that's frustrating! Please report it by clicking on the “Support” button on the top-right side of any Walkstarter pages or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your help and patience!
- Will the donor receive a receipt or confirmation of their donations?
Yes, they will receive a confirmation email, with Country Lane’s tax ID listed, for tax purposes.
- How will I know if someone pledges to my students’ account?
Your student will receive an email confirmation whenever a pledge is given to their Walkstarter page. The donors are also listed under the “My Walkstarter” page, just click on “donors” and you will see the individual items.
Dates to Remember
Aug 23 – T-shirt contest begins
Aug 31 – T-shirt designs due
Sept 5 – T-shirt winner announced
Sept 6 – T-shirt sale begins
Sept 13 – T-shirt sale ends
Sept 20 – Registration/pledge forms & raffle tickets sent home
Oct 11 – Registration/pledge forms due
Oct 14 – Get in the Game Walkathon!
How Can Students & Parents Get Involved?
- Enter the T-shirt design contest
- Raise money from pledges
- Become a sponsor
- Buy raffle tickets
- Participate and volunteer at the WAT – we have many needs. Please ask us!
Questions? Like to Help?
Contact WAT Committee Co-Chairs: