LINWOOD — Class trips are a great addition to the classroom curriculum but when it comes time to tighten school district budget belts, class trips become a luxury that parents have to partially fund. The Linwood School PTO found a way to secure class trips for the 2018-19 school year at Seaview School through a fun run.

The fun run was run through Boosterthon, which brought a high-energy event that all Seaview students participated in, whether they ran or walked. All 408 students had the chance to be active, have fun and raise money for the school simultaneously. Students solicited pledges from family and friends. PTO co-president Jessica Goldstein said the goal was to raise $12,000 and the end result was they nearly doubled that amount, raising $23,000.

“All Seaview students will have the opportunity to go on their class trip with no funds from the school district and at no cost to our families,” said Goldstein. She added that in years past the PTO would only be able to contribute $500 to each class to offset the cost of busing so the organization was very happy to be able to help students continue their class trips.

The additional funding raised through the fun run is earmarked for improvements to the courtyard at Seaview. Catherine Evinski, head of the district’s wellness committee is collecting input from the school staff to see how they envision the best use of the courtyard that lies in the center of the school. The committee will factor in the staff’s ideas and begin to put together some ideas for how to move forward in the spring with those ideas.

Parents and grandparents cheered as the students made their way out to the playground for their turn to hit the track that was complete with a checkered flag. Volunteers checked off laps on the participants' shirts as they made their way around the track while the music blared.