Skerries Educate Together NS and Parents' Association are delighted to announce an exciting fundraiser taking place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th May. The school will be embarking on a Virtual Cycle around the coast of Ireland and we need you to jump on and help us.
The aim is to get the children moving, have fun, and raise funds for vital IT equipment for our school. Our overall goal is to raise €35,000 from a range of sources over the coming year. This will ensure each classroom has the equipment needed to support the children's learning. To kick-start the fundraising process, we aim to raise €15,000 from the Virtual Cycle, which would enable the school to buy two new interactive white board/projector packages.
A virtual cycle is a lot easier than it sounds. We will be setting up exercise bikes in the hall on the above dates and each class will have a set distance to complete either on the exercise bikes (for senior school children) or on their own bikes, scooters, or on foot (for the younger children). The distances set per class will relate to part of a coastal route around Ireland e.g. a total class distance equal to cycling from Skerries to Laytown for a Junior Infants class; for 6th class a class total equal to cycling fom Ardara in Donegal to Ballycastle in Mayo.
Any children who do not wish to take part in the activities will be encouraged to research some interesting facts about the places of interest along their route instead. They can then read this out to the class when they are completing their section of the challenge. This way everyone gets involved!
Pupils have been issued with yellow sponsorship cards, and there will be a prize for the class that collects the most. There will be a Fun Day in school the on Friday 17th of June for all the children, to thank them for their hard work. It is up to each child's guardian to give permission to their child to fundraise outside their own home. Money raised can be handed into the class teacher on the Fridays leading up to the event.
Parents are also invited to help with clocking up the kilometres, by completing a 40 minute cycle. The school will remain open on Thursday 26th May from 5-9pm, and will open early, at 7.30am on Friday 26th May to facilitate parental involvement. As time-slots will be allocated in advance, please speak to a member of the PA committee to register your interest in participating.
Sponsorship cards will be given to all participating adults. However, we would also appreciate if you could send our GoFundMe.com weblink to friends, colleagues and family members, to encourage widespread support for all participating cyclists, students and adults alike. All donations would be extremely gratefully received, whatever their size. And if you work for a company with a Corporate Social Responsibility programme, perhaps you could present this campaign to them as a good cause for investment.
If you do wish to donate online and you have a child/children in the school, please post a comment when completing the payment, mentioning their class teacher's name, to enable us to add your donation to their class' fundraising tally.
There will be more information coming soon on the school website, http://www.skerrieseducatetogether.ie/
We hope you will all get involved!
The Virtual Cycle Committee
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