Approximately 550 East Picacho Elementary School students are set to participate in EPE’s Annual Jog-a-Thon fundraiser Friday, Sept. 15 from 8:15 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. at EPE, 4450 N. Valley Drive.

“The Jog-a-Thon has been an annual tradition for nearly 20 years. It’s a great way to help keep our students active and to raise money for project-based learning activities,” said EPE Principal Nubia Tarazona. “Since the fundraiser provides funding for activities like field trips, it benefits students at every grade level.”

During the Jog-a-Thon, students who previously collected pledges will jog or walk around the school’s track throughout the morning. Parents are encouraged to attend and the event is open to all EPE students and their families.

“I would like to thank our amazing PTO for all their hard work to organize the event,” Tarazona said. “I would also like to thank all of the businesses that generously donated prizes.”

All of the participating students will receive a personalized EPE water bottle, orange slices and, if they bring in their signed pledge/permission form, an EPE button. A variety of individual and group prizes will also be given out to students who collect the most pledges, classrooms that collect the most pledges and students who complete the fastest lap times.

To kick off the event, the Mayfield High School Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) will perform a presentation of colors on the basketball court at 8:15 a.m. and several local race car drivers will be on-hand with their cars to encourage all the participants.