Here are some of the activities and events that we have offered in the past.
Fun Run or Fun Run DanceFit Challenge – Our large fundraiser for the year supports most of our goals as a PTA as outlined in our yearly budget. Students secure donations or pledges per lap/fitness activity from friends, family, and community members through an online Boosterthon portal. The Fun Run or DanceFit Challenge is a two week event which kicks off with a high spirited Pep Rally for all students and culminates on the event day. Throughout the two weeks, students earn CK8 logo prizes for reaching various pledge levels and are given individual and class challenges to meet certain goals as we work toward our school goal. We were not able to hold this event last year due to COVID-19, but 2019-2020 was an amazing success and raised $43,000 for our school. We hope to have some version of this event this coming school year.
Pride Store – Each year, the PTA designs and sells t-shirts with CK8 themes/logos. These shirts can be worn by students on all Fridays throughout the school year. The Pride Store also offers other CK8 logo items and operates at various times/events throughout the school year (open house, honor roll assemblies, various Food Truck Fridays, etc.). To order a pride shirt this year, send an email to email@example.com.
School Beautification and Improvement-Based on the needs of the campus, PTA funds campus renovations and improvements both inside and out, and personally works to keep our school beautiful. Recent projects included purchasing smart boards for classrooms and painting directional paw prints for safety on campus. In the next two years we hope to contribute to the media center renovations and revitalize the tennis courts in the gym parking lot.
Back to School Uniform Sale — Held toward the end of summer vacation, the PTA sells gently used uniform items adhering to the school dress code that have been donated by parents throughout the year. As a service to our parents and students, each item is offered for just $1.
Talent Show – Our talent show is a showcase of all the amazing talent we have at CK8. This is a yearly event held at the CHS auditorium and also virtually due to COVID-19. Students audition and rehearse both group and individual acts and perform for friends, family, and community members at this evening event!
Run With the Pride 5K – Another yearly PTA event, the Run with the Pride 5K is held the Saturday prior to the Celebration Half Marathon each year. It is organized and run as a traditional 5K with proceeds going to the PTA in support of its goals.
Teacher/Staff Luncheons- We spoil our teachers and staff with luncheons in the Great Hall at various points during the year.
Teacher/Staff Mailbox drops-Teachers and Staff receive gifts in their mailbox to show our appreciation.
Teacher Grants-PTA approves many grants throughout the year to defray teachers’ costs for a variety of things they need to do their jobs to the best of their abilities.
Dress Down Days – Throughout the school year, the PTA offers a $1 donation dress down day for all students. Any student wishing to participate brings $1 to school and gives it to their first period teacher to help support the PTA. Dress code still applies and participation is voluntary.
Chick-fil-A Pumpkin Spirit Night – This is an extremely popular annual event. Chick-fil-A purchases pumpkins on our behalf and delivers them to the school, so classes can decorate them in some type of literary theme. The pumpkins are then transported to Chick-fil-A to be displayed for all to see and vote for their favorite! Prizes are awarded by the PTA for the winners.
Honor Roll Assemblies – The honor roll is a distinction given to 3rd-8th grade students for receiving either all A’s or all A’s & B’s throughout each quarter. The PTA is proud to provide all honor roll students with a token of achievement during the school’s quarterly honor roll ceremonies.
Walk/Bike to School Days – This event is scheduled in the fall and spring at a national level. It is an excellent opportunity for the PTA to encourage students to be active and stay fit. PTA volunteers welcome students to the school and reward those who have biked or walked to school with giveaways and raffle prizes.
Year-End Celebrations – Students deserve a break for all their hard work throughout the school year! The PTA hosts year-end celebrations for both elementary and middle school students.
Box Tops Program – Box tops have gone digital! You can download the Box Tops app and scan your grocery receipts to help raise money for our school. PTA offers contests to encourage the collection of box tops. For more information regarding this program, check out www.boxtops4education.com .