CASPER, Wyo. — $12,456.75 have been raised to benefit Natrona County homeless students.
That funding was raised through Fort Caspar Academy’s “Charger Challenge,” which started in 2010.
FCA teachers Kenda Spicher and Caroline Mooren originally created the challenge to raise funds for a family of the school.
“The Charger Challenge is now an annual event, benefitting families in the Casper community who are in need,” the Natrona County School District Public Information Officer Tanya Southerland said on Thursday, Oct. 17.
The Charger Challenge started off as a 5 kilometer race event.
“In the first year of the Charger Challenge, the students ran a 5k and members of the community donated gift baskets for the school to raffle off to raise money for the family,” Southerland says. “The event was a huge success with great attendance including the Windy City Striders, the fire department, and other local first responders.”
After a few years, organizers decided to add an obstacle course in order to keep interest in the fundraiser.
“They created a series of stations with both physical and mental obstacles,” Southerland says. “For the last several years, 3rd-grade teacher Megan Snell has been in charge of the obstacle course.”
Snell talked about the event.
“We had amazing participation this year. I loved watching parents help their kids on the obstacle course,” she said.
The obstacle course includes:
- logic puzzles
- a basketball shoot
- climbing wall
- combat crawl
- boot camp
- tire flip
- hula hoop soccer kick
“The students love doing things with their families and when they actually see where the money is going and who it is helping. It is amazing,” FCA P.E. teacher Perri Shutts , who runs the climbing wall, said.
This year, the Charger Challenge brought back the 5k race along with the obstacle course and other events.
“We had some really awesome baskets this year. We sold more tickets than ever before and there was a huge buy-in for the beneficiary selected. It was so good to see our whole school and community coming together,” said Spicher.
Proceeds from the Charger Challenge go to a charity selected by their committee each year. They seleced the Natrona County Homeless Student fund this year.
“This fund exists to help homeless school-age children throughout Natrona County,” Southerland said. “Greta Hinderlighter oversees this program for the Natrona County School District.”
“Greta serves between 250 to 300 students each year. She works to ensure these students have the basic necessities they need to be able to focus on their education. She also assists them in getting signed up for the free or reduced lunch program and getting connected to community resources.”