How it Works

Students will bring home fundraising packets in their backpacks on Friday, November 16th & Monday, November 19th.

Students will participate in their classroom's Dance-A-Thon during the week of December 3rd. Each student will dance during the school day as part of his or her regularly scheduled P.E. class that week. The money raised will be used to fund arts programming and technology as well as community-wide events like Unity Through the Arts & Sciences.

Students can collect pledges from friends and family in-person or online. All pledges should be a flat amount. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Peterson; cash is also welcome. Online pledges can be made by going to and clicking on the grade level of the student. At each grade level page, there is a donate button. Students should make sure that donors indicate the student’s name  in the comment when donating online. Parents can also easily share their child’s grade level page electronically through Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail.

All pledge forms must be turned in with pledge money by Friday, December 14th. These can be turned into your child's homeroom teacher or to the main office. 

PARENTS! Want to VOLUNTEER during Dance-A-Thon week? Click here to sign-up!  

The schedule for Dance-A-Thon is as follows. Your student will dance during their regularly scheduled P.E. class.  

9:30 AM - 11 AM: 3rd and 4th grade

10:45 AM - 1 PM: 5th through 8th grade

1:30 PM - 3:45 PM: Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd grade

School Spirit Week

Students will be able to celebrate with a School Spirit Week that will occur the same week as the Dance-A-Thon! 

Monday 12/3                   School Pride Day (wear your maroon & gold or other Peterson-related clothes)

Tuesday 12/4                  Community Leader/Helper Day (wear clothes that represent your hero – anything from
                                              dressing like Malala or Dolores Huerta to a firefighter, librarian, or teacher)

Wednesday 12/5            Cultural Ambassador (wear clothes that celebrate your unique identity or represent
                                              your culture)

Thursday 12/6                College Graduate Day (dress to represent your favorite college and/or dress for

Friday 12/7                       Crazy Hair OR Hat Day (express with some wild hair or a hat!)

Earn Prizes!

Individual Student Prizes

All students who raise $10 or more will earn a prize:

  • PreK - 2nd grade - A Paw Prize
  • 3rd - 8th grade - Popcorn and a movie during the school day

The student who raises the most money will win a $50 Target gift card. The top ten students
who earn the most money as well as the student who has the largest number of donors (the
“Perseverance Award”) will also win prizes:

  • 1st – 5th place & “Perseverance Award” Winner: A trip to Bryn
    Mawr Breakfast Club during the school day for brunch plus a
    Peterson mug with hot chocolate
  • 6th – 10th place: A bag full of Peterson swag, including a welcome t-shirt, mug,
    water bottle, and more! 

Grade Level Prizes  

The grades that earn the most money will also win prizes:

PreK-2nd grade

  • 1st Place -    Fireside Cocoa & Storytime in Pajamas 
  • 2nd Place -  Summer in the Snow Party – popsicles and summer fun

3rd-4th grade

  • 1st Place - Four-Square Tournament!

5th - 8th grade

  • 1st Place -  A Donut Breakfast!

If any middle school grade level raises $1500 or more in total, that grade level gets to plan a full day of  school!

School-wide Prize

If Peterson raises more than $15,000, Mr. Caban will do a dance for the school! The grade that raises the most funds will get to vote on which dance Mr. Caban performs!

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