Running With the Hawks Information

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Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,

The PTO-sponsored “Running with the Hawks” event has arrived and we have some exciting new changes this year! This is the PTO’s one and only fundraiser; it incorporates fitness and team building in a positive, fun environment. Last year, the students raised over $26,000! The money collected during this event allows the PTO to purchase items for the school, fulfill teacher requests, reduce field trip costs, sponsor all- school activities such as the Hawk Madness Fun Fair and the North Grove Groove 5k, and so much more. Last year we were even fortunate enough to purchase a climbing rock wall in the gym for our students!!

The students have been organized into teams during their PE classes. These teams will be running a relay race where each student will run one lap and hand off the baton to the next member of the team. The total number of laps that they complete as a team is the number of laps we will be using for lap donations. Students should use the “Running with The Hawks” pledge sheet to ask family, friends, and the community to sponsor them based on the number of laps their team can complete during our event on Wednesday, October 4th (Thursday, October 5th rain date). Teams are capable of running between 15-25 laps. Example: team completes 17 laps, donor pledges $1.00 per lap – total donation is $17.00. Of course, flat donations are greatly appreciated. After completing the “Running with the Hawks” event, students will collect the donations committed on the pledge sheet, and turn the money collected into the school office. On-line donations and checks are preferred. Please make checks payable to North Grove PTO.


  • September 5-8 – Teams are selected and students learn about the event
  • Friday, September 8 – Pledge sheets are sent home
  • Wednesday, October 4 – RUNNING WITH THE HAWKS EVENT
  • Thursday, October 5 – Rain Date
  • Friday, November 3 – Last Day to turn in Pledge money – to school office/PTO
  • Thursday, November 16 – Students enter tickets for prizes
  • Friday, November 17 -Student Running with the Hawks Assembly
Everyone will be notified of prize-winners as soon as the “Running with the Hawks” event has been run and all necessary paperwork is completed. We thank you in advance for your patience!

Please support this event with enthusiasm, as this is our only all-school fundraiser! If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Janisch or Mr. Nelson (PE Department).

Mr. Nelson & the North Grove PTO Running with the Hawks Committee

Running With the Hawks Prizes