staff and students running

First middle school PTO DeFo Dash a success

The DeForest Area Middle School PTO raised over $11,000 at their first annual DeFo Dash, held on Saturday, May 6. The successful fundraiser from the 5K walk/run helped the PTO reach their goal of $25,000 to complete renovation of the middle school’s 7th/8th grade library.

About 250 runners and walkers participated in the run/walk. PTO organizers appreciated the sponsors who donated snacks, awards, and other supplies for the race. They especially want to thank Diesel Forward for their generous gift of $5,000.

Principal Ann Higgins appreciated the efforts of the school’s PTO for organizing this first ever event for the middle school. “A special thank you to Jennie Taylor who did so much to help organize the event and who handled much of the logistics on the day of the race,” said Higgins. “We invite parents and community members to visit our newly renovated library this fall!”

Top finishers of the race were:

  • 5th Grade – TJ Taylor
  • 6th Grade – Rhett Parker
  • 7th Grade – Cole Thennes
  • 8th Grade – Tanner Williams
  • Top female finisher – Gail Lovick
  • Top male finisher – Brad Bodden

Those still interested in purchasing a DeFo Dash t-shirt can do so by emailing The cost is $10 each.



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