Skyview Elementary gets creative in PE fundraising

Drive continues through April 8

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Skyview Elementary Principal Carla Smith got creative with fundraising ideas aimed at supplementing resources for the school’s library and physical education department. She is pictured during an April 1 glow run with kindergarten students Natalie Acosta, Frankie Larios and Zoe Griffith. (Photo provided)

By Traci Chapman
Managing Editor

Skyview Elementary School students, teachers and administrators called “fowl” on a fundraising gap caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic and got creative to raise almost $20,000 for needed supplies.

“The past two years of the pandemic has hindered our ability to raise funds through book fairs for our library,” physical education teacher Aaron Rios said. “Our library relies on those funds to bolster reading programs across the school and create opportunities to excite students to read.”

Funds also would go to pay for active-based learning materials “that encourage learning while moving in the classroom,” Rios said.

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“There is also some PE equipment that’s been duct-taped together long enough,” he said.

The school’s fundraising goal was $20,000; as of Friday, April 1 students, staff and administrators had raised more than $18,000 – but the drive wasn’t quite finished, Rios and Principal Carla Smith said Tuesday. Efforts would continue until Friday, April 8, and community donations were welcome.

“If you know a Skyview student you can reach out to them and they will gladly help you,” Rios said.

Anyone who would like to donate or obtain more information can also do so by contacting Rios at aaron.rios@yukonps.com.

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