GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Madrona Elementary School held a Hero Run today to help raise money for a new playground.
"Kids dress up like their favorite hero, which may be a superhero or fictional or nonfictional and they dress up and they’re walking around the track today all day long and trying to raise funds to get a brand new playground," explained Rick Vetter, the school janitor and a firefighter or Williams Fire.
The current playground is not ADA compliant, making it difficult for students with disabilities to use the equipment.
"The playground around here at Madrona is kind of old and it needs work so they’re just looking at replacing the whole thing," said Rick.
It was Rick's idea to bring local heroes to the run, "I sent it to all the agencies and Josephine County Dispatch to see if they wanted to come out. We had the Josephine County Sheriff Department, Josephine County Search and Rescue, we had the city of Grants Pass show up, the Department of Public Safety and of course, Rural Metro and Williams Fire," said Rick.
Students were able to explore the inside of the fire trucks and try on some of the fire gear after their run was over.
Students began the fundraiser earlier in the year by reaching out to the community to find individuals who would pledge a chosen amount of money for each lap the student ran.
Each grade level rotated through their "run time," that lasted an hour, throughout the afternoon. After every lap the students would get a mark on their wristbands and each lap raised more money.
The students with the most laps ran and most money raised will get to ride in a limo to a pizza party with the school principal.
The fundraising goal was around $18,000.00.