What is the Scootathon?
The Scootathon is a yearly event where parents, teachers, staff, students, and friends scoot laps in Prospect Park to raise funds for the school. It promotes environmentally friendly modes of transportation, community building, and is a whole lot of fun!
Want more? There’s another Scootathon video here.
How do I sign up to be a rider?
Right here. Click the grey “Fundraise For This Campaign” button on the right, fill in some info, and you’re in!
All riders must wear helmets.
What is the May Fair?
The May Fair is an annual festival that celebrates the Spring. The May Queen will lead us in making flower crowns, singing songs, and dancing around the Maypole. The May Fair is celebrated in Waldorf schools throughout the world.
Where is the Scootathon & May Fair?
The Nethermead area of Prospect Park.
Directions: Enter from 16th Street and Prospect Park Southwest. Follow the walking path towards West Drive. Cross West Drive, walk straight, then turn right to follow Center Drive North. The Nethermead will be on your right. Look for our banner and white tent!
What’s the Schedule?
8:30 a.m. Van, staff & volunteers at Nethermead, Prospect Park for setup
10 a.m. Event begins (spreading of picnic blankets, making of flower crowns, check-in and prep for Scootathon)
10:30 a.m. May Queen & King Winter kick off the Maypole Program; Grade 1 & EC classes walk the maypole until 11 a.m.
11:15 a.m. Official kick-off of Scootathon
11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scooting and picnicking
12:30 p.m. Grades 2–8 maypole program begins
2 p.m. End
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Clean-Up and load-out
Who can be a rider?
Any adult can ride and get sponsors. Students from 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes are also participating.
Younger children are not eligible for sponsorship, but can ride the mini-loop for fun.
Who is responsible for children?
Parents are responsible for their children at all times.
Can I ride with a group?
I don’t own a scooter, what can I do?
You can borrow a scooter from the school, or purchase a fabulous Xooter Scooter at a special discounted price. Click here to borrow or buy a scooter.
Can I ride something besides a scooter?
The Scootathon primarily promotes scooters as environmentally friendly modes of transportation for city dwellers, so we strongly encourage the use of scooters for this event whenever possible. Scooters are available for purchase at the school at a significant discount and you can also sign up to use a loaner scooter here.If scooting is not possible, rollerblades and skateboards will be permitted.
Do I have to ride to contribute?
What is the route?
Sponsored riders have a 3 mile loop as seen below. Younger children can scoot around smaller loop within Nethermead.
How many laps?
Do I have to ride continuously?
No. We encourage you to take a break whenever needed.
Why do we have to raise funds?
Tuition does not cover the cost of educating a child at The Brooklyn Waldorf School. Fundraisers like the Scootathon and the Annual Fund help close this gap.
How is this different than the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is a direct appeal to families, faculty, Board members, and alumni to give to the school. The Scootathon is an opportunity for our community members to ask their extended networks for donations.