What is the Warrior Challenge? In short, it is a student fun-run type of event but instead of students asking for donations for the number of times they walk/run around a track, our students will ask for donations for how many sit-ups, push-ups, or big tire flips they can do or for how FAST they can run one mile. I will give a handout to our students this week with more details about it. Students compete individually on how much funds they raise and we have a tribe competition to earn the title of the "Mightiest Tribe" for the year, as determined by the tribe's academic performance, fundraising, and strength they show at the event.
How will your sponsorship contribution be used? Your contribution underwrites the costs of our events but also will contribute toward academic and extracurricular spending. The Iron Parent Fellowship (our version of a PTA) has recently spent $850 for 4 microscopes and about $2000 toward school furniture (desks, chairs, bookcases, carpets), photos to decorate our hallways, library materials, and painting. The IPF checking account currently has a balance of around $4000 and we like to keep a minimum balance of $3000 for emergency funds. This year our spending plans include buying more science equipment (stereoscopes, additional microscopes, dissection supplies); continue to support the library with purchases of newer, recently written books (nearly all of our library books are older used books); PE equipment; and recreational items for the students to play during lunch or afterschool care such as board games, corn hole, magnetic darts, etc. (If you do happen to have any board games in good condition that your family no longer uses, we'd be glad to accept that donation!)
$100,000 matching grant: The school has a matching grant opportunity of up to $100,000 with a Dec 31 deadline! But this matching grant only applies toward new donations or donations higher than what has previously been given. That is, if your business has not previously sponsored an IA event, then we can apply 100% of your sponsorship toward the matching grant! If you sponsored the Warrior Challenge last year, we can apply the amount above last year's sponsorship rate toward the matching grant. The IPF is under the school's 501c3 designation as a nonprofit organization.