Runaissance 2018

What is Runaissance ?

Runaissance is a fundraising run and walk event that was created to raise money for the arts at Trillium. Public funding for the arts in Oregon has always been low, and is becoming lower, but there are ways that we can set the context for it to grow, and help ourselves along the way. Runaissance has proven itself to be a simple and effective fundraiser that brings our K-12 students together, and teaches them to flex their leadership skills as well as their hamstrings.

When and Where is Runaissance ?

Runaissance 2018 is scheduled for Friday, April 20th, from 10am-12pm. As in years past, we are utilizing the track of Jefferson High School, which is located an 8-minute walk away from Trillium. Our school community will walk to Jefferson as a group. Families may join or meet us there. *New this year* The Art & Music Showcase will be held the same day as Runaissance! From 5-8pm, see the lobby and Lower School hall transformed into a student art gallery, and enjoy student-led face painting, caricatures, tarot. There will be food!

What Do Students Need to Participate?

First and foremost, students need pledge forms to record pledges from family, friends, and neighbors. Sponsors pledge a certain amount per lap or a flat rate amount. These will be distributed to students on Thursday, April 5th. If you need additional forms, you may download them here. There is no entry fee or required pledge amount. What else? Starting next week, Monday, April 9th, during their regularly scheduled Art class, students will have the opportunity to design and print a t-shirt for Runaissance. We know that this can be a cumbersome process, and goes best with one-on-one support from a teacher or volunteer. This is only possible if students attend class on the days that printing is scheduled. Please ensure your students’ attendance.

How Can Families Participate?

All families are encouraged to participate in Runaissance by sponsoring their student with a donation and/or volunteering in the day’s events (For further information about making a donation, please see the next section). Volunteers will be needed to help tally laps, generally supervise students, and distribute water and snacks. After the run, volunteers can help with setup of the Art & Music Showcase. Tasks might include: hanging artwork, staging activity and refreshment stations, and creating signs. If they stick around to the end, volunteers can help with cleanup, too! Interested? Please contact Minna Mauney, Events & Fundraising Committee, email hidden; JavaScript is required, to schedule your volunteer shift.

How and When Will Donations Be Collected ?

After the run is over, students and/or families collect donations based on the total number of laps they completed, or the flat amount pledged. We accepts cash, check, and online donations. All cash and checks should be secured in the donation envelope that your student received with their sponsor sheet. Checks should be made out to Trillium Charter School and have “Runaissance” written in the memo area. Online donations should be made by sponsors or by families on behalf of sponsors. Visit www.trilliumcharterschool.org and click the Donate button to be redirected to our secure online donation platform. If you can not locate the button, copy/paste or type tinyurl.com/GiveTrillium into your browser.

Why the Arts?

The arts are a full partner in the academic program at Trillium, and are valued for the lasting impact they have on students and the school community. Last year, for example, art students installed the Flowers of Life blacktop painting, as part of the 2017 Village Building Convergence, which has fostered increased schoolyard stewardship efforts this year. Through both in-class and community-based art experiences, Trillium students develop countless skills in seeing, hearing, and making. They develop their own personal styles and discover areas of focus that allow them to work towards mastery and, most importantly, empowerment and self-esteem. For this reason, above all, the art program is irreplaceable, so please contribute what you can to keep the program running (pun intended).