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JY Joyner Elementary School’s 5K Run/Walk aims to teach kids about the benefits of making healthy lifestyle choices –- and raises money to fund annual programs for our 700+ student body. Over the past five years, more than 3,100 race participants have helped fund character education, Battle of the Books, campus beautification, Science Go Round, First in Fitness, technology updates, media center projects…and so much more.

The 2018 event will be held on Sunday, March 4. Stay tuned for details! 

The 5K Run/Walk is the grand finale event of our month-long Healthy Choice Marathon (HCM), which celebrates healthy minds and bodies by encouraging students to read, eat well and exercise daily. Not only do we urge kids to make healthy decisions, but we help them prepare for the 5K Run/Walk by hosting a 4-week afterschool running club for all students (see below).

Our goal in 2017 was to raise $20,000, 100% of which goes directly to the PTA to fund existing student programs. The 2017 funds focused on technology through:

  1. tech updates and advances to daily learning in K-5 classrooms;
  2. introducing robotics learning and transformational knowledge; and
  3. remodeling and upgrading multi-media equipment and services.


While 5K Run/Walk registration proceeds cover the cost of the race, that is not the primary source of income for this fundraiser – that income comes exclusively from sponsorships and Classroom Challenge dollars. Sponsorships starts at $250 and go up to our Presenting Sponsor level of $3,000, with several levels in between.

Why sponsor?

Sponsoring the Joyner 5K Run/Walk is a great opportunity for local businesses to get marketing access to the Joyner community. See our 2017 JYJ 5K Run/Walk sponsor info sheet for details on sponsor benefits.

Becoming a sponsor is a perfect way for JYJ families to support our school. Check out the 2017 JYJ 5K Run/Walk sponsor info sheet and add your support to this great event! For more information on how to support the JY Joyner 5K Run/Walk, please contact Arinn Widmayer at 919-306-7270 or arinnwidmayer@gmail.com.


Classroom Challenge

The Classroom Challenge is back — and it’s going to be bigger and better this year! Send in your change, bills and even checks to help your child’s class raise the MOST in their grade level. PTA volunteers with money jars will greet parents each morning in Joyner’s lobby from Feb. 6-24.

Each grade level winner will get a frozen yogurt party for the entire class! There will be one winning class for each grade level. The class who raises the most in the whole school will win the most coveted prize of all: starting at the FRONT of the crowd on 5K race day! For more information on how to support the Classroom Challenge, please contact Arinn Widmayer at 919-306-7270 or arinnwidmayer@gmail.com.


Running Club

To help Joyner students be ACTIVE and have FUN as we MOVE to get ready for the 5K, Joyner PTA offers a free Running Club during the Healthy Choice Marathon. The club will meet four Thursdays from Feb. 8 – March 1, 2018, from 3-4 p.m.

Parents are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to support the Running Club by VOLUNTEERING FOR AT LEAST ONE OF THE THURSDAY SESSIONS. No running or fitness experience required! For more information, contact Shanna Schroeder at shannas@us.ibm.com.