The OneSolePurpose team has been advertising like crazy! At three different times this semester, members from the OSP Summit team attended 5k races for the purpose of handing out fliers for the OneSolePurpose 5k/10k that is taking place on May 3. These races were The Color Run on April 5, the Springfield Urban Challenge on April 6, and the Color Me Rad on April 12. At these three races we were able to hand out hundreds of race fliers. We wanted to advertise directly to those that are runners and therefore more likely to run in the actual race. In the future we hope Dan and Gayla can get the support of more volunteers in order to reach even more runners as they finish their race and go back to their vehicles. Sometimes we would encounter people that wanted to hear much more about the mission of OneSolePurpose, while others quickly grabbed a flier and continued walking. It was exciting to hear from runners who had already signed up for the OSP 5k/10k or people who had been directly influence by OSP: teachers, students, and parents. We have high hopes that our activity at these races will positively impact the turnout at the OSP race on May 3!
Our team members have also been sitting at tables in the commons handing out raffle tickets. We used our budget in order to purchase an iPad mini and are selling one dollar raffle tickets. This is not going as well as we expected but we have still managed to selling around 75 tickets which is about 75 dollars which will purchase around three pairs of converse shoes for a child in need. We used the rest of our budget to purchase car decals and bumper stickers to give out at the race.
Our team is worked really hard to come up with a beautiful poster display and power point presentation of pictures throughout the year and will be presenting it on Monday the 28th for our final Summit meeting. It is hard to believe that time has flown by so fast. We are really looking forward to seeing what the other groups have come up with and presenting what we have put together.
Even though our Summit class has come to an end, we still have some work to do! On Tuesday the 29th, we will be meeting at Second Baptist church to put together around 5,000 goodie bags for people that are participating in the race. We will be using all of the different items that we worked so hard to collect over the semester and be using them as prizes. Last but not least we have the race! It has always seemed as this far off event that would never arrive but it is now less than a week away. Our entire group is so excited for this day to come and look at all of our hard work pay off. It is going to be quite an early morning but we know that it will be so worth it.
It is so funny to look back at what our group originally thought this project was going to be. We had so many ideas of things we wanted to do and create and slowly began to realize that these things were not within our budget or time range. We all started off with specific jobs and tasks which never ended up happening because they were just not necessary and totally out of reach (dodge ball tournament, bake sales, after school activities with the schools, etc). We tried to be so organized but many surprises came our way and we learned to just role with it. We learned so much about each of our leadership styles and a lot about time management. Planning things around, school, work, extracurricular activities and the Wells was just so challenging and took a lot of time to just plan a time to meet up. I know we will all look back on this experience and have pleasant memories and are grateful for everything that it has taught us.