Homestead Elementary Principal Kyle Sorg always keeps his promises.
Sorg told his students that he would shave his head if they were able to collect pledges from all 50 states for the school’s annual Fun Run. That promise proved to be a powerful motivator for Homestead’s 500-plus students. They had three weeks to collect pledges but managed to meet the 50-state challenge in just six days.
So on Sept. 29, during an all-school assembly on the playground, Sorg got a “new ‘do,” courtesy of building engineer, David Howell. Since Howell shaves his own head, Sorg trusted him - up to a point.
“I was going to cut it as short as mine, but he wouldn’t let me,” Howell said with a laugh.
The Homestead Fun Run, which was held Aug. 31, is the school’s major fundraising event. This year, for the first time, it was managed in-house by the PTCO, rather than by an outside company. That allowed the school to keep more of the money that was donated. An online donation tool allowed parents and students to connect with family and friends across the country and gave them an easy and secure way to make a donation.
Parent volunteer and event organizer Yvette Watson said the online component, along with classroom competitions, teacher support and great prizes donated by local businesses all contributed to an incredibly successful event. While the initial goal was $30,000, the school actually raised nearly twice that amount. Though final spending decisions have yet to be made, the funds will be used to support a variety of programs at the school, from the school garden to technology to other educational resources.
“Public funding for education doesn’t cover everything we need in the school district… That’s just a sorry state of affairs, but it’s a fact of life,” Watson said. “The fundraising that we put together will enable us to keep the special programs at Homestead going strong.”