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'Halloween-a-thon' will run through the month of October!  The goal of this event is $25,000. This goal can be easily reached if each student raises $100 in pledges.  We have set-up a great online site for pledges which links directly to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. Each family should create a team there--it takes less than 5 minutes--and then donations will just start pouring in.  (Of course, we will accept money the good old-fashioned ways--cash and checks--as well.)

The 'walk' day is on a school day, so all students are here and able to participate.  Pledge letters will be written and sent from school--4 per student--to families and friends across the country (heck, even the world).  Each student will be asked to provide 4 stamps for their letters or $2 for postage.  Students in the lower grades will have a letter which they will personalize by filling in the blanks on the forms, whereas the upper level students will write complete letters.  There will be ‘suggested donation’ form from Aquin that will go out with the letters. The letters will be sent from Aquin.

We have a website for online and 'texted' donations!  Students, families and staff can create a team online and everyone can track the progress of your team’s donations.  Get started now at:  http://www.crowdrise.com/halloweenathon.  

Feel free to donate to our team or create your own.  Once your team is created it will show up on the ‘Aquin Halloween-a-thon’ page and others may choose to donate to your team.

This site also has a real-time count of our totals of online donations--how awesome is that!  The site is free to us, but they do take a small percentage of online donations.  Donors can offset that amount though during the donation process. As an example:  When you make a $10 donation, you will be given the option to add $1 to your pledge to cover the administrative costs of the site.  After your donation is made, an email receipt will be automatically sent detailing your total donation.  Your donation was $11, but is reflected as $10 on the Aquin site.  

 

Here’s a quick guide on how you can join the fun online and start adding to our total.

  1. Go to http://www.crowdrise.com/Halloweenathon.
  2. Click on ‘Start a Fundraiser’ in the top navigation bar (3rd selection from the left)
  3. A dialog box will open up and ask you to ‘Join a Team’ or ‘Start a New Fundraiser’.  You want to ‘Start a New Fundraiser’ to create your family team.
  4. A new page will open and there will be 3 Steps for you to complete:

STEP 1

  1. Name your team
  2. Enter your team monetary goal
  3. Describe your fundraiser.  If you’re at a loss for words, feel free to use or elaborate on these 2 options:
  • Our annual Fall Fundraising event has a 'scary' twist as we are extending the fun of Halloween throughout the month of October. All proceeds will go to the Aquin Education Fund--supporting teachers and students in the classroom. Our students, staff and parents will come together at our high school campus to celebrate and culminate this great event.  Please consider donating $10, $20 or more to help Aquin's puppies to Bulldogs. We thank you for your support!
  • Hey friends! Aquin just launched their annual Fall Fundraiser and we'd love it if you'd support our family team. All funds will go directly to Aquin to support the educational expenses of our preschool through 12th grade system here in Freeport. Since the theme is Halloween, I pulled out a picture from the Diemer archives featuring Batman and Robin. These 2 caped crusaders are now fighting dangling participles and monstrous math equations in 8th and 10th grades. Please help these Bulldogs!

STEP 2

  1. upload a picture that best represents your family team.

STEP 3

  1. link your fundraiser to Aquin Schools’ Halloween-a-thon.

5.  You will begin receiving emails from Crowdrise on how to spread the reach of your fundraiser team.   
Share your fundraiser on social media and ask others to share it as well.  

  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Tumbler
  • Pinterest

6.  Then wait for the emails announcing the donations to your team.  
If you prefer not to have email notifications, follow the directions in the email to change your settings or go to your team page and make changes there.  You can also edit your team page using the top navigation tabs anytime throughout our fundraiser.

7.  Questions?  
Email me or use the help/support on Crowdrise.  The site is really fun and entertaining.  Enjoy!

To motivate students to send the letters, encourage early donations and encourage online teams, we will have incentives at each campus.  On 4 dates, students who have met the ‘goals’ of the period will get to play our Halloween-themed ‘Plinko' game one time during their lunch period.  The prizes will be 1, 2, 3 or 5 ‘pirate coins’.  Each coin will be worth $.25 each at our high school concessions and at either campus cafeteria.  Coins must be redeemed before Christmas break.
♦ Adjusted Incentive Date 1 . October 9
--have all 4 letters written and have postage turned in
Incentive Date 2 . October 15

--be part of an online team and/or have $50 in pledges received
Incentive Date 3 . October 21
--have $100 in pledges received
Incentive Date 4 . October 28 . Walk-a-thon Day!
--various games and activities on the walk could earn additional ‘pirate coins’

 

Of course we will have some friendly competition to encourage lots of pledges as well.  Our top family team will receive a credit to their tuition account--for the amount of pledges they have raised.  So if the top team raises $500 in pledges, they will receive a credit to their tuition in that amount.  

Our 2nd place family team will receive a brand-new Nook HD+ tablet.  

The donation site will be open and accepting donations through November 3.  Donations made there and any cash or check donations made to either Aquin office by 3:00 on Monday, November 3 will be counted in the family totals.  Donations made after November 3 will be accepted (we never turn away money), but those donations will not count toward a family’s total.  

The 'Halloween-a-thon' will culminate on October 28 at the high school.  Classes will participate outside for about 2 hours at staggered times throughout the day.  Students will be able to come in Halloween costumes--but make sure the costume is something they can walk and be active in.  They will walk a 'haunted trail' around the football field, through the shed, over to the Jr. High football practice field and then back down to the football field.  The route will be full of fun items--trunk or treat, haunted shed, mad scientist lab and games.  Preschool-Grade 6 will walk the trails.  Grades 7-12 will help with the walkers and help with the 'haunting' of the trail.  It will be kept to an age-appropriate level and there will be optional routes if something might be too scary for the walkers.

Parents are welcome to come and walk the trail and volunteer to work the trail.  As the date gets closer we will put out a list of what we need.  But, if you are especially skilled as a ‘mad scientist’, trunk-or-treat decorator or possess other Halloween skills, please let us know and we will gladly utilize your talents.

Here is the plan!

 

1.  Student Letter and Donation Form

  • Aquin will be printing 4 letters and 4 forms per student for them to send
  • each student must provide:4 addresses to mail letters to
    • 4 stamps or $2 for postage
    • each student will:
      • address 4 letters
      • complete the salutation for 4 letters
      • sign 4 letters
      • fill in their name on the donation form
    • Aquin will stuff them into envelopes and mail
    • to make this all possible, letters must stay at school and be turned into the teacher who distributes the letters

2.  The initial incentive for completing this portion of the campaign is Tuesday, October 7.
3.  If students do not have 4 people to send to, they can use 2 addresses of alumni which will be provided to each teacher.   Students can then complete letters to alumni from those lists.
4.  Please encourage your student(s) to personalize the letters to encourage more donations.  The donations received from the letters will be credited to the student's family team.
5.  The student letter and donation form is viewable at http://www.aquinschools.org/halloweenathon.cfm.  Feel free to download and print this letter and send additional letters from home.
6.  Students should be able to start with their letters Monday, but it will depend on the teacher’s schedule as to when they complete the letters.  They will do their best to have them done by Tuesday, October 8, so students may be eligible for the 1st Incentive Day.
7.  If you or your student would prefer to use this as letter-writing practice, and not use the cover letter, feel free.  Just be sure to include the donation sheet in any mailings you do on your own.
8.  Teachers will be tracking the letter completion and postage donation to make your student(s) eligible for the incentives.
9.  Thank you very much for your help.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

Throughout this event, your class reps will be your resource and your cheerleader.  If you have questions--or want to help them with an event--you can contact them, or me. Main events your class reps help with are the Halloween-a-thon, Adesse, and Guardian of the Shield.  Thanks for your support!

Preschool . Emily Mullarkey                       
Kindergarten . Lucrecia London                
Grade 1 . Kim Beggin​                   
Grade 2 . Angela Garcia                   
Grade 3 . Kara Carlisle                 
Grade 4 . Wendy Domino and Misty Thruman                  
Grade 5 . Andrea Ege                  
Grade 6 . Jess Stykel​
Grade 7 . Kathleen McIntyre
Grade 8 . Teresa Whalen
Grade 9 . Dawn Carlson
Grade 10 . Karleen Budenz​
Grade 11 . Jean Johnson
Grade 12 . Darcy Brunner​

 

  1. Activities & Games

    1. Haunted Trail around Conley Field

    2. Trunk-or-Treat

    3. Bean Bag Games/Tourney

    4. Decorate Pumpkins

    5. Activity Stations--word searches, scavenger hunt

    6. Haunted Shed

    7. Mad Scientist Fun

    8. Pop goes the Pumpkin

    9. Jumbo Halloween Matching Game

    10. Ring Toss for Spider

  2. Donation Options:

    1. Online pledges--crowdrise.com

    2. students write letters

    3. families make teams

  3. Attendance Options:

    1. St. Joe’s students assigned time slots--2 hours each

    2. Aquin high school students assigned time slots--supervise/partner with St. Joe’s

    3. Parents encouraged to attend and volunteer

  4. Top Awards

    1. ‘Keep the Drive Alive’ Incentive Days

    2. Tuition Credit--Top Family

    3. Nook HD+--2nd Family
First Name Last Name Amount Raised - Crowdrise Amount Raised - Offline Total Raised # of Donations Fundraising Goal
Anonymous Anonymous   95 95 3  
Ann Adams   60 60 3  
Alise Arndt 100 510 610 7 200
Judy Avampato   100 100 4  
Carolyn Awender   100 100 1  
Mary Jo Bach/Clapper 600 95 695 ? 1000
Joanie Bald   260 260 8  
Michelle Balsiger   50 50 1  
Amy Barkau 25 295 320 5 300
Luann Bausman   55 55 3  
Kimberly Beggin 175 25 200 6 100
Jody Bell   100 100 2  
Nicole Broge 10 290 300 8 0
Lesli Brown 0 0 0 0 150
Darcy Brunner   55 55 4  
karleen budenz 40 55 95 6 200
Karen Buisker/Johnson   35 35 2  
Noel Buisker   125 125 2  
Julie Burkholder/Grenoble   175 175 6  
Melissa Buss 90 60 150 2 400
Kara Carlisle 115 170 285 16 300
Dawn Carlson 200 50 250 10 300
Jennifer Carter/Prause 10 25 35 2 0
Tiffany Challenger/Lincoln 138 62 200 8 200
Joanne Chang   350 350 3  
Ann Courtney   25 25 1  
Jessica Curry 45 0 45 3 0
Jackie Davis/Bass   20 20 1  
Sarah DeMichele 355 430 785 27 1000
Krista Deutsch 100 170 270 3 100
stephanie Diehl 20 115 135 3 200
Laura Diemer 135 290 425 16 300
wendy domino 100 100 200 9 200
Ann Dougherty   100 100 3  
Andrea Ege 210 220 430 9 500
Peg Ehlbeck 25 125 150 3  
Jane Feiner   95 95 4  
Julie Fellers 190 145 335 10 300
Matt Ferguson   90 90 3  
Stacy Fernstaedt 515 0 515 21 250
Deb Fontana   100 100 1  
Brenda Fordham   140 140 4  
Stacey Furlong 100 0 100 1 100
Angela Garcia 20 40 60 2  
Andi Gastel   210 210 7  
Karrie Gaulrapp 150 35 185 6 200
Sarah Giaimo   130 130 4  
Cara Giuffre 0 110 110 5 0
Julie Glick   50 50 2  
Jackie Rosenstiel-Graff   150 150 4  
Brenda Grinnell   30 30 1  
Michelle Guilliams   145 145 5  
Tracey Gustafson   125 125 2  
Julie Harn 100 115 215 4  
Aja Harrell 100 0 100 3 300
Traci Heitz   100 100 2  
Brandae Hilby 170 20 190 6 500
Jeff Hiveley   120 120 3  
Jen Holder 30 80 110 6 300
Cortney Hubbard/Seas   125 125 2  
Julie Hunziker   170 170 5  
Nancy Hunziker   375 375 6  
Katie Jackson   225 225 3  
Kim James   150 150 4  
Sylvia Jazo 100 135 235 8  
Teresa Julius 125 105 230 8 150
Brenda King   140 140 6  
Jamey Kleckler 30 50 80 3 300
Kelly Koch 100 85 185 4 100
Kurt Koester 65 170 235 11 500
Valerie Kohn   100 100 1  
Penny Korosec   150 150 3  
Amy Kramer   95 95 4  
Kathleen Kruse   25 25 1  
Coral Lamm 0 240 240 4 300
Andrew Laurent   175 175 4  
Dominique Lee   20 20 1  
Brian Lieber   50 50 2  
Lucrecia London 110 180 290 8 300
Bernie Luecke   125 125 5  
Melissa Luecke 195 10 205 6 200
Carrie Luedeking 0 50 50 2 200
Kathleen McIntyre 0 280 280 6 400
Deb McIntosh   45 45 3  
DIane Martin   210 210 2  
Jesus Martinez   100 100 2  
Kathryn Martinez   475 475 6  
Beverly Meyers   50 50 1  
Kathy Miller   85 85 2  
Mindy Morhardt 900 1600 2500 3  
Michele Morrison 100 20 120 4 100
Kelley Munda   50 50 2  
Colleen Neary   225 225 4  
Tracy Nesemeier/Moore 120 10 130 4 100
Jaci Ogden 0 0 0 0 150
Kim Peterson   125 125 2  
Peter Phuc Pham   10 10 1  
Dave Pierson 0 125 125 3 250
Jaime Pizzolato 175 255 430 16 200
Aquin PreSchool   35 35 2  
Donna Reed 0 20 20 1 200
George Rinehart   25 25 1  
Vicki Roberts/Keckler   40 40 2  
Andrea Roelfs   50 50 1  
Tammie Rogers   190 190 4  
Bobbi Runte   120 120 4  
Nikki Sands/Strother   125 125 2  
Melissa Scace   50 50 2  
Sarah Schleich 240 140 380 11 500
Tina Schlueter   100 100 1  
Blair Senneff   100 100 1  
Melissa Sheehan 0 110 110 3 0
Brandie Shelly   45 45 2  
Jen Smith   110 110 5  
Betty Sopcic   235 235 4  
Laura Staben   10 10 1  
Joe Steil   25 25 1  
Jamie Stovall   335 335 3  
Steve Stovall   285 285 5  
Linda Stykel   125 125 2  
Jessica Stykel 100 115 215 4 200
Renee Talbert 50 255 305 6 500
Paul Theisen 0 645 645 4  
Laurie Thomalla   160 160 4  
Misty Thruman 140 185 325 ? 200
Irena Tolliver   20 20 1  
Joann Townsend 85 200 285 6 100
Deb Truman 50 75 125 3  
Jennifer VanHorn 85 190 275 19 100
Renee Welch 0 320 320 4 350
Teresa Whalen 205 0 205 6 200
Eric White   10 10 1  
Theresa Whitmore 50 75 125 3  
Micaela Woker 270 125 395 10 200
Denise Wubbena 130 275 405 8 250
Huagan Yang   15 15 1  
Lu Yang   25 25 1  
Justin Yeager   75 75 2  
Terri Zarnick   25 25 1  
Hailey Zalaznik 40 50 90 4 100
Trinity Zimmerman   200 200 2