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Feets for Funds raises money for Crestview PTA

May 30, 2017 02:01PM ● By Kelly Cannon

People look at the different baskets up for auction during Crestview’s Feets for Funds fundraiser. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

By Kelly Cannon | [email protected]
Every year, Crestview Elementary holds Feets for Funds, a fundraiser walkathon that raises money for the PTA the following year. This year’s fundraiser, held on April 27, featured a walkathon, bounce houses, food and a silent auction.
“The walkathon is helped to not only encourage the kids to get out and run but also get neighbors and family members to donate. We send the kids home with a manila and we say to contact your family members and neighbors, anyone who will donate you running a lap,” said Becky Brown, the Crestview PTA vice-president elect. “You decide beforehand how many laps the child will run and then you ask your neighbors or family members to donate in accordance to how many laps they want to run. That’s basically how we get them to run and that’s a portion of how we get funds.”
Brown said the silent auction is probably the more popular side of the fundraiser. The auction was in two parts. One part was goods and services donated by local businesses, such as a session with a photographer or gift cards to restaurants. The other part included gift baskets created by each class at the school.
“They have a theme and they’ll design a theme,” Brown said. “They’ll put something together and parents will help donate to make the basket come to fruition.”
The goal was to raise around $25,000 with all of the proceeds going toward the PTA for the 2017–18 school year. Laura Jackson, Crestview’s PTA president elect, said the PTA provides several programs and services for the year.
“Meet the Masters is an art program that our school provides for these children to get to know famous artists. We do Chromebooks. The PTA puts forth money for field trips,” Jackson said.  “We have a donation that we give to the teacher’s organization. We’re going to be doing this new app on tablets or phones where you can do math.”
Crestview has been doing Feets for Funds for the past 12 years, and each year it’s been a success.
“It’s really fun and the energy is really high. The kids love it. They are super excited,” Brown said. “It’s a tradition within our community.”