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Students hit the obstacle course to raise money for their school

Costumed students at Athey Creek Middle School streamed through the school’s doors into bright sunshine on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - A superhero leads the way through one part of the obstacle course during Athey Creek Middle Schools Turkey Trot fundraiser.They were headed for the school’s track and the various obstacle courses surrounding it, primed to participate in a new kind of fundraiser for the school — what organizers hope will be the first annual Athey Creek Turkey Trot.

The Nov. 22 turkey trot replaces two annual fundraisers, a magazine drive and a cookie dough sale, that had supplied funding for student events and activities in previous years.

“We begged, borrowed and stole the model from Rosemont Ridge,” Athey Principal Joel Sebastian said.

Rosemont’s parent organization sponsors a fun run each year to provide money for student and teacher support. Athey parent Jennifer Butts, the turkey trot’s lead organizer, met with parent leaders from Rosemont, including PTO president Holly Miller, in the early stages of planning Athey’s fundraiser.

“It’s a great community-building event at the school, raising money that impacts the classroom. We’re pretty excited about it,” Sebastian said.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mustachioed students navigate a tire course at the Athey Creek Turkey Trot on Nov. 22.As classroom groups, students decided on costume themes and then ran the obstacle course together, along with their teachers. The cooperative weather contributed to a festive atmosphere.

“If you can figure out how to do a fundraiser that also builds spirit, your organization benefits,” Sebastian said. “Do we want to raise money? Yes. Even if we raise less, we still benefit in many ways.”

Proceeds from the turkey trot will go to the school’s student council and used to support school events, including activities for the 17 Korean exchange students who will visit Athey for a week in January. Some of the money raised also will go to the families of two West Linn girls who were injured in a car accident in Wilsonville this summer.

Kate Hoots can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 112. Follow her on Twitter @CommuniKater.

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