This holiday season, we’re paying it forward, and showing that generosity inspires generosity.

We’re all starting to hear about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but we’re putting all our efforts in to Giving Tuesday. This year it’s November 28th, and it’s a single day when individuals and organizations are encouraged to give back to their communities through donations or volunteer efforts.

We know many of you are planning your year-end giving. While there are many deserving charities out there, we hope you’ll think of us and the work we’re doing to get kids active and encourage healthy lifestyles in Dane County.

Click here to give now.

A Proven Track Record of Impact

Over the past seven years, we’ve made a major impact in the communities we serve. Our programs not only build young athletes, they build character by focusing on mindfulness, setting and achieving goals, sportsmanship, self-confidence and so much more. Since 2011, we’ve raised $275,000 and returned that money to over 200 schools in Dane County to buy needed equipment, start innovative programs, fund nutrition education, improve access, and more.

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The Goal…and the Projects

You can show your support for Tri 4 Schools by visiting our website and giving what you can. Our goal is to generate $7,500 to support our 2018 programs. This year, we want to keep the spirit of giving going: if we reach our goals on Giving Tuesday, we’ll surprise two schools in our community by funding a project for their physical education programs:

John Muir Elementary: Provide a set of 24 scooters and a storage cart for their physical education classes.  See this letter from their PE Teacher, Tiffany:

“We are in desperate need of scooters. Currently we have about six, but I would love a class set. Scooters are a piece of equipment that can be used in many ways to develop different skill sets that align with K-5 standards.  These can also help us encourage activity for our special needs students.

Scooter activities align with our SEL Standards – Social Emotional Learning. By playing and interacting with others, students will experience, and be able to work and develop their emotional development, self concept, and social competence.”

Verona Area Elementary Schools (2000 students across seven schools): Replace 20 pairs of rollerblades and safety gear. Add five new pairs for the growing student population.  One of their PE teachers wrote:

“This program started about 15 years ago, and last year we just retired about 20 pairs of rollerblades from size 1 to size 4. These were the last of our original pairs from that first year. If we received help with funding, we would like to purchase a new set for our students, which will be used for future years, too.  This is one of the students’ favorite units, and helps them with coordination, balance, and muscular development.”

Our 2018 Plans

We’re excited about our plans for 2018, and will be offering at least three new Exercise to Achievement sites. We want to increase our outreach to kids with the highest need, but to do it we need help. A donation of any amount helps.  Your gift will help us share the gift of health with two worthy schools – so please give generously on November 28th.

Thanks again for your support in the past. We hope you’ll continue with us on this journey to improve the health of our kids and our schools.

With gratitude,

Katie Hensel

Founder and Executive Director

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#WhyITri – for my daughter, who realized she loves to run fast and try her best.