Longfellow Jog-a-Thon

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 and

Friday, March 18, 2022!

The Jog-a-Thon is Longfellow PTA's main fundraiser for 2022. Fundraising goes towards all of our programs: music and arts, field trips, family events, teacher and staff support and so much more!

What to expect:

  • Longfellow's Fundraising goal is $55,000 this year.
  • Pledgestar (our online fundraising web-site) will go live on March 8th.  The last day for donations, that will count for prizes, will be March 25th.  If donations are only made through Pledgestar, then nothing needs to be turned in and is all taken care of through the web-site. If cash/checks need to be turned in, please turn those into your teacher or to the office into the PTA mailbox. All monies turned in after March 25th will be accepted but will not qualify for prizes.  
  • The Jog-a-Thon will be during class on Tuesday, March 15 and Friday, March 18th.  Students will run on one of two tracks that are 1/10 of a mile, during a 20 minute period. 
  • Questions? Please email jat@lblongfellowpta.org


PLEDGESTAR is available here:



Take a look at last year’s video to learn more about the 2021 Virtual Fit-a-Thon and how students participated:



Pledgestar is a web based fundraising system that will send email pledge requests to your family and friends, and let them make a secure credit or debit card donation. It’s fast and it’s EASY! 


  1. Go to https://pledgestar.com/longfellow and click “Not Registered For This Year’s Event?”
  2. Enter your name, email address, password, then click “Submit”. 
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions. 
  4. Select a JPG photo of your student to add to the fundraising page. 
  5. Add the email addresses of all family and friends you’d like to contact. 

When you finish, the system emails or texts pledge requests to your family and friends. You will be notified by email each time a pledge is made, and you can track your pledge request progress online.

Message from Longfellow PTA

Longfellow PTA would like to acknowledge the incredible challenges that our community has endured this past two years. We want to emphasize that the emotional and physical health of our students is the most important part of the Jog-a-Thon. Cheering your student on is the best support you can give and any monetary donations are truly appreciated. We hope that your student enjoys the Jog-a-Thon! 




*Click on the picture for a full screen PDF of this year’s envelope and prize information.








Opportunity Prizes 

By fundraising, or even just by sending out 5 emails through Pledgestar, your student has the chance to earn Opportunity Drawing tickets. These tickets are then used to try to win prizes! In April, we will notify students of how many Opportunity Drawing tickets they earned and they will then be able to pick which prizes they would like to enter those tickets for. Here are this year’s prizes!



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Jog-a-Thon?

* The Jog-a-Thon is the main fundraiser for this school year coordinated by our Longfellow PTA.

* Students are sponsored by family and friends to run laps around a playground track. Donations can be per lap or a flat amount, and are tax deductible. After the event, students will report to their teacher their laps completed. Students then collect their pledges, which are due Friday March 25th, to qualify for prizes.

When is the Jog-a-thon? 

* All grades will participate at the designated times on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Where does the money raised from the Jog-a-thon go? 

Funds are used to pay for more than 40 different programs, events, and services that enhance your child’s education: our music program with Mrs. Riley, art programs, field trips, 5th grade celebration, classroom enhancements, and software for our teachers, to name a few.

In the past, extra funds raised beyond Longfellow PTA’s regular budget went towards purchasing Chromebooks/Chromebook carts, $10,000 worth of new library books, costs for the awesome multi-sport court, play structure, family movie nights, magic show, and various assemblies. This year our goal is to raise $55,000. The goal of the Longfellow Jog-a-Thon is for our students to participate in a challenging experience that will support their physical and emotional health.

How can I help?

* Donate what you can - no amount is too little and every dollar helps! It all goes back to support your child’s education.

* Sign-up for Pledgestar, a web-based fundraising system, for supporters to make easy and secure online donations.

* Check with your employer to see if they have a program to match donation funds.

What prizes are earned for fundraising? 

We will also be having an opportunity drawing, please see the Opportunity Drawing Prize sheet when it is released closer to the event date. 

What is Pledgestar? 

Pledgestar is a web-based fundraising system for supporters to make easy and secure donations. 

If we use Pledgestar to fundraise, do we need to turn in anything for our student to receive credit?

No, you would not need to turn anything in for your student to receive credit. 

If we collect money directly from our friends and family, where do we turn it in? 

You can mail checks and money orders to the school (ATTN: Longfellow PTA, 3800 Olive Ave. Long Beach, CA 90807), or drop cash in an envelope (with your student and teacher’s name) with your student’s teacher or at the front office (there is a PTA mailbox close to the door that opens into the school). 

What is the deadline to receive donations to be eligible for prizes? 

The ​deadline is March 25th​ to be eligible for guaranteed and opportunity tickets. 

How will my student(s) get his/her/their raffle tickets for the opportunity drawing? 

You will receive an email from ​jat@lblongfellowpta.org​ with the amount of tickets and instructions on how to submit your opportunity tickets. Please make sure we have your current email address. 

When will my student receive any prizes that are earned from fundraising? 

If your student has won a prize from the opportunity drawing, we will have a drive-up prize pick up and you will receive your guaranteed prizes as well. If your student only has guaranteed prizes, we will work and distribute those with your student’s teacher. 

What if I have additional questions, who can I contact? 

Sheila Hernandez and Malis Mam at jat@LBLongfellowPTA.org