Blue-clad students filled the field at Thurston Middle School on Tuesday. Gathered on two sides of a long rope, students pulled with all their might, helping their team win during the Epic Challenge.
Organized by Thurston PTA, the Epic Challenge consisted of daily physical activities all in the name of raising funds for their middle school — such as Tug-O-War, relay races, "Minute to Win It" and "The Amazing Race" competitions.
So far, Thurston kids have raised $21,000. The funds will go directly to the students in the form of programs, resources and supplies.
When they raise money, their names also are entered in a raffle for prizes such as iPod Shuffles and gift cards. The grand prize is an iPad.
Parent and volunteer Peggy Wolff called the event "home-spun fundraising" because the effort revolves solely around the campus.
Sweating, high-fiving and laughing after being dragged in the dirt — students seemed to be enjoying stray from their normal physical education routine.