Move-A-Thon: 2017

Join us and Get Moving!

The Move-a-Thon is McDonald International's annual start-of-school community building and fundraising event, put on by McDonald families and your PTA to support our students and our school community.

There will be many ways to Move! --  family fun relay races, hula hoop, dance, jump rope, soccer, and a chance to run with our favorite Scottie Dog. Put on your sneakers, bring your checkbooks, and come Move! with your McDonald community.

The Move-a-Thon is also a chance for students to learn to set goals.  Download the pledge form, set a goal with your student, get pledges from family and friends, and then get out and Move!

When: Saturday, Oct 7, 2017, 10am-12pm, rain or shine!
Where: Meridian Park  (consider walking or transit, parking is limited)
Who: All Scotties, we want 100% participation

How to donate: You can donate before the event, at the event (checks only), or in the weeks after.

Be sure to check in when you arrive, as the class with the highest participation wins The Golden Scottie Award!

What Does the Fundraising Pay For?

The PTA’s funding covers extra staffing and projects for the school all year round, including:

  • Staffing support for all our Instructional Assistants
  • Teacher innovation grants and extra professional development
  • Additional staffing in the school, not covered by school district funding
  • All funding follows the priorities voted by the full PTA membership
  • See the Fundraising FAQ for more details.

Volunteers Needed

We need volunteers! Sign up here or take a look at what volunteer spots are still open and spread the word.
Questions? Email us!

Other Information

Dress appropriately for the weather; we will hold the event, rain or shine.

Please walk/bike/transit to the park; car parking is limited.

Parents - come support your kids while they "move!" This is not a drop-off event.

Please join other families and community members, and students as we all raise money for our school while fostering community and promoting health and well-being. Students will walk/run/”move” while being cheered on by teachers, parents and special guests.

Help your child find sponsors!

  • Email friends and family - tell them about our event and ask for their support!
  • Ask non-local grandparents and family members - this is a great way they can support your child long-distance!
  • Visit neighbors who know and love your children
  • Ask your employer if they will be willing to match donations collected by your child or your child’s class

Gift Matching

If any of your child's sponsors work at Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, or other local companies - be sure to ask them if their employer will match your gift.

Will your employer do the same? Let us know! Contact the Fundraising Co-Chairs, Becky and Cindy.

Help Us Connect

If you have connections at businesses that could donate to the school or match funds we raise, please send them to the Contact the Fundraising Co-Chairs, Becky and Cindy, so we can pursue those opportunities.

You can share this event using our flyer or on social media.  For example:
The families of McDonald International Elementary are going to Get Out And Move!, for our annual Move-a-Thon fundraiser.  Support our educational programs, our teachers, and our students by making a donation.

Special Thanks

Special thanks to McDonald parents Angela Fleagle and Eliana Coyle for leading up the Move-a-Thon activity planning, and to Brent Roberts and all the PTA volunteers and members who are helping in so many ways.  If you can help for a 30 minute shift at the event, sign up here!


Move-a-Thon 2016

Thanks to all who volunteered and participated in the 2016 Move-a-Thon!

Even with wind and dark skies, 51% of our students and their families showed up and played.  The Golden Scottie participation award went to Reiko Myers' 2nd Grade Japanese class with 87.5% of their class signing in at the Move-a-Thon.  And overall, we reached 95% of our fundraising goal.

Special thanks to McDonald parents Kristi Brumbaugh, Suzie McFadden, and Fundraising Chairs Maija Brissey and Erica Lerer, for taking the lead on organizing the Move-a-Thon this year - they're amazing!


Move-a-Thon 2015

We had a great turnout again this year - thanks to the glorious weather and Kristi Brumbaugh and Maija Brissey's efforts along with their legion of fabulous McD family volunteers - thank you everyone!

The Golden Scottie award goes to Frau Schroeder's 1st Grade class with 23 of their class's 25 students attending - plus Frau Schroeder was there as well - congrats!

So far we've raised $44k of our $68k goal.

Don't let SSO programs that your kid(s) benefit from get cut this year. Encourage friends and family and make your own donation online today. Every contribution makes a difference. Together We Can Do It!

Student Support Fund Results for 2014 - Go Scotties!

What a turn out!  292 students checked in - that's 71% of our students who came and supported this community event.

Congratulations to Michiko Sensei's Japanese Kindergarten Class, winner of the classroom participation award (96% attendance), and to Ms Grue’s Kindergarten Spanish class as the runner up (92% attendance). 

A big thank you to everyone who donated to the Student Support and Outreach Fund! 

The effort began at the Back to School Event in early September, then we celebrated the Fund with our Move-a-Thon in mid-October, and by the end of November we collected $70,100. The money will be spent between now and June 2015 to supply special classroom projects, safety equipment, teacher training, educational "extras" for all students, scholarships for field trips, and much more. 

Thanks to you, all Scotties can continue to benefit from the many ways the SSO Fund supports our learners and teachers. 

If you're curious how we make decisions about what the Fund supports or have ideas for fundraising in the future, please consider joining the PTA at one of our PTA board meetings (info in the newsletter and on the website) or joining the fundraising committee. We could use your help!

Thank You

A HUGE thank you to Kristi BrumbaughElsa Nunes-UenoHappie AriShelley Herzog, and Brent Roberts for putting together another incredibly fun community event.

Plus a special thank you to our many volunteer parents who helped out day-of with monitoring activities, setup, cleanup, first aid, check in, and of course the ever-popular Scottie Dog and his handlers!

A big thank you also goes to Zoka Coffee for donating all of their proceeds to McDonald Int'l, and to our many other PTA volunteers who were there to collect $, sell Scottie Gear, and more.

The biggest thank you to our McDonald families and the many teachers and staff who came out in support of the school and to take part in all the fun! We have an amazing community - Go Scotties!

Move-a-Thon 2013

Great job, Scotties! We raised more than $65,000 for our Student Support & Outreach Fund. We knew we could count on you.

Congrats to our 1st Grade families who had the highest participation rate at 73.5%, followed by our Kinder families at 68.8%, our 3rd and 2nd Grade families at 65.1%, and 64.7% respecitvely, and our 5th and 4th Grade families who are hanging in there at 46.7% and 40%.

The Golden Scottie Award was given to Profesor Sergio's 2nd Grade Spanish class at Monday's morning assembly after the event.  At 85% they had the highest class participation attending the 2013 Move-a-Thon - congratulations!

Move-a-Thon 2012

Check out the results of the 2012 Move-a-Thon here.

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