Marathon Kick-Off:

We are SO excited to kick-off the Marathon today! Marathon for non-public education is our biggest student lead fundraiser and all the money raised goes directly towards the school’s operating budget. The marathon raises money to help us close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating a child at St. John the Baptist. Our goal each year is to raise at least $75,000 which is a huge undertaking for a small school like ours but we are blessed with a supportive network of family and community friends who help make it possible each year through fundraising through outreach to your family, friends, neighbors, and more. Our Marathon Day of Service is one full day that we set aside and for each grade to work on unique service projects. St. John’s has been celebrating Marathon for over 30 years and it truly is one of the most special days of the year.
Theme: Our theme this year is “Share His Love.” You will see references to YouTube as it is a medium for sharing but also VERY relatable to the students. We added a little fun to our $$ tracking board by taking photos of the teachers and staff using SnapChat filters—ask your student(s) which one is their favorite!
T-shirts: Not only is this a fun T-shirt to wear during our Marathon Day of Service and other spirit wear days, but it’s a great advertisement for our school when kids wear them out in the community. 
T-shirts will be ordered next week—and we still need size info for quite a few students! Every PreK–8th student will receive a free SJB T-shirt for our Marathon Day of Service on Oct 15. Please complete this form so we collect the right size!  Parents, if you would like to purchase a $10 SJB Marathon T-shirt for friends, family, or yourself, please complete this order form
Monetary Donations: Each SJB student is challenged to bring in $200! You can see on the prize sheet that prizes are awarded at every giving level but prizes increase as the monetary contribution increases! Online donations can be submitted through our giving website. Student’s are also able to set up their own “Champion” page which can be shared to collect donations. Every 2 weeks a summary will be sent home of online donations received. Cash and checks can be sent to school. Please make sure checks are made out to St. John’s School and your student’s name/grade and Marathon is written on the envelope.  **Parent tip-Marathon is a great opportunity to teach kids how to write sincere thank you notes. 
Contact your employers to learn if a matching gift program is available. Many businesses will match or increase charitable contributions to nonprofits made by employees. The impact of matching gifts may double or possibly triple some pledges to our school.
Service Projects: Each grade has a project assigned to them and some of them will need supplies donated. If you are uncomfortable asking for monetary donations in your neighborhood, make copies of the service project needs and share those to collect food for Brainpower in a Backpack or small snack items for our Blessing Bags which will go to Savage Fire and Police Departments and also to medical personnel in our local Urgent Cares and Hospitals.
Prizes: We are in need of incentive prizes. Please let us know if you are willing to donate anything for a small weekly prize. These can range from gift cards to lego sets to fidget packages—you name it! Basically, anything that makes a kid get excited!
Pep Rallies: We hold 3–30 min pep rallies. Today’s kick-off was held virtually. The next 2 may be done the same, OR could be held in the big gym. We could use a couple of people to help plan the Oct 28th teacher challenge games. Contact Mary Erickson ( ) if interested. Watch the pep rally video from today HERE, and the live segment of the pep rally challenge HERE.
Volunteers: Help is needed on Monday mornings to update donation information as well as project leads for all the grade levels. More volunteer spots for the actual Marathon Day (Oct 15th) helpers will come out as we get closer. VOLUNTEER HERE  
Parish Marathon of Service: New this year! The parish is organizing projects that can be done as a family for Saturday, Oct 16! Save the date for your family to join together in hands-on service projects benefiting organizations and projects near and dear to St. John’s. The day will begin with Mass at 8AM and end with a Rosary service at 11:15PM. There will be an additional opportunity to serve at the convent of the Sister of Pro Ecclesia Sancta from 2-4PM that afternoon. Watch the eNews/SJB News for more information.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact this year’s Marathon Coordinator, Mary Erickson ( ) or call the school office at 952-890-6604. We can’t wait to make this one of the best Marathons yet!
Students will be brining home a packet with the following information:
2021 Marathon Packet
2021 Marathon Service Projects
2021 Marathon Prize Selection Sheet