Dibrell School is attempting to hit the target with a Wildcat 5K and One Mile Fun Run fundraiser. The school needs $3,000 to add an archery program.
“We hope everyone comes out and supports our efforts to offer an archery program,” said PE teacher Mike Mullins. “You can help the students and get fit at the same time. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
The event will be held Saturday, May 5, at the school beginning at 8 a.m. Registration is $15, but pre-registration before April 30 is $10. All participants registering prior to the event must be at the school by 7:30 a.m. All others must be there by 7 a.m.
Mullins says all proceeds will go toward establishing an archery program at the school.
“Archery offers so many good benefits for children, I can’t name them all,” Mullins said. “Plus, it gives us a different type of activity for students who might not want to play soccer and basketball.”
The event, usually a Parent Teacher Organization fundraiser, has the blessings of the school’s PTO.
“I can’t thank our PTO enough,” said Mullins. “Usually, this event is held and the money goes toward any number of necessities at the school. However, they are allowing us to host this event with all the proceeds going to the archery program.”
When it comes to establishing a competition archery team, all schools must use the same type of equipment. Mullins says that means getting the right equipment will cost a little more, but it will be necessary in order to compete.
“Every school has to use the same equipment, so it will be a fair competition. It will cost right at $3,000 to start an archery program. I know it sounds like a lot, but PE equipment usually costs a little more. What the children will be gaining from having an archery program will be worth it.”
Several other schools in Warren County have established archery programs. Among those is Warren County Middle School, West Elementary, Hickory Creek Elementary and Bobby Ray Elementary.
“The goal would be to compete against each other,” said Mullins. “It would help all the schools by giving the teams more practice time before we compete against schools in other districts.”
In conjunction with the Wildcat 5K event, the school will be offering a Wildcat Walk on May 4 during school hours for students only. Each class will walk laps around the gym during its assigned gym time. Prior to that day, students are asked to collect monetary pledges from family members for each lap walked. Flat donations will also be accepted.
Event sponsors are also being sought for Wildcat Walk T-shirts. The shirts will contain a list of sponsors. Each student who collects at least $20 in pledges or donations will be given a shirt.
Businesses and individuals can sponsor at one of three levels:
• $100 — Company logo in large print on all race shirts
• $50 — Company name or logo on all race shirts, medium print
• $25 — Company or individual’s name on all race shirts, small print
Ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third place male and female finishers in the 5K, as well as one student winner from grades K-8. In the Fun Run, a first place will be given to one male, one female and one student.
The event is open to everyone – walkers and runners.
“This will be a family oriented event,” said Mullins. “You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy participating in a 5K. You can walk or push a stroller. We’ve included something for everyone to make it a good time for all. I hope everyone comes out and supports our efforts.”
Every participate in either the 5K or Fun Run will receive a goodie bag that will include a water bottle, among other items.
For more information about the race or becoming a sponsor, email email@example.com or call 939-3786. Registration forms can be picked up at the school or at the Southern Standard office.