By Lukas Eggen
Ely Times Staff Writer

David E. Norman Elementary School is set to host the Panther Lap Run on Oct. 14. Students received pledge forms on Oct. 3 and went out into the community asking for pledges for each lap that they run as they raise money to help fund programs cut because of budget constraints facing the school district.

“Our (Parent Teacher Organization) started a 100-mile club for the elementary school due to the fact that we don’t have a physical education teacher,” Amy Fullmer said. “Since we are focusing on fitness and the kids are excited about running, we decided to get the community involved in our project and get some help to fund the program.”

The students will run in half hour intervals starting with morning kindergarten at 8:30 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten begins at noon, first grade at 9 a.m., second grade at 9:30 a.m., third grade at 10 a.m., fourth grade at 10:30 a.m. and fifth grade at 11 a.m.

Individuals interested in running with the students or cheering them on are invited to come to the school’s playground at the appropriate times.
The money raised during the Panther Lap Run will go toward funding programs that have been cut at the school.

“We are raising funds for our specials: art, music, library and P.E.,” Fullmer said. “We hope the kids feel good about what they are able to personally accomplish. Running also helps the kids get out their extra energy and settle down to learn.”

Unpaid volunteers who believe in the importance of the programs run all the school’s library, art, music and P.E. programs, Fullmer said. While the volunteers donate their time, the money raised from the Panther Lap Run will go toward helping to purchase supplies the students will need the rest of the school year.

For more information about joining the PTO or to find out more about volunteering, please contact David E. Norman at 289-4846.