Carthage sixth graders circle Central Park for Jog-a-thon

Carthage sixth graders circle Central Park for their annual Jog-a-thon fundraiser. Rebecca Haines / CNO

CARTHAGE, Mo. — It was the perfect fall day for a Jog-a-thon.

Carthage sixth grade counselor Megan Young tallies a lap on a student’s sticker. Rebecca Haines / CNO

On a bright and warm Friday, Carthage sixth graders were able to step outside the classroom – cross the street to Central Park – and raise money for their school. Jog-a-thon events have grown in popularity over the years as a great way to get students moving and have fun raising money for their schools. With each lap they complete, their sponsor(s) donate a proposed amount. These funds help students in a variety of ways – a couple of examples are the End of Year Party and future playground equipment.

Sixth grader Elias Brady said this fundraiser was a perfect fit for him because he enjoys running.


“It’s cool we get to raise money this way,” Brady said. “I like being a sixth grader – there’s a bunch of things to do, it’s a big school and lots of kids.”

Surrounded in the splendor of the Maple Leaf City, the Carthage Sixth Grade Center has approximately 370 students who were able to participate and enjoy the event this year.