Atlanta Jewish Academy parents are accustomed to seeing certain fundraisers each year: the cookie dough sale, the wrapping paper sale, the chocolate sale.

AJA students sold their wares to the parents of children at other schools, as their own parents bought what those kids were selling. Everyone ended up with a lot of wrapping paper.

But this year AJA’s PTSA decided to put more fun into fundraising.AJA Launches Fun-Raiser 1

“What can we do that will be a real community activity? Something that will bring our Upper School and Lower School families together as well as inviting in the greater community?” said Jocelyn Schorvitz, a parent on the fundraising committee.

The answer: Follow the Loop, AJA’s first fun run and fall festival.

On Sunday, Nov. 15, rain or shine, AJA will hold a family-friendly day of fun at the Northland Drive campus in Sandy Springs. Parking is at High Point Elementary School.

Check-in is at 10 a.m. for the fun run, which takes place from 10:30 to 11 on the Loop, a half-mile course around the school. It’s not a race; there are no timers. The PTSA promises friends to run with, a little exercise, and minions blowing bubbles and handing out bananas to runners.

The carnival features megaslides, a ride called Turbo Tubs, hamster balls, a five-game carnival carousel, a hay maze, Skee-Ball, a green-screen activity, face painting and prizes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Food from pizza and pretzels to macaroni-and-cheese balls and veggie cups with dip will be sold, along with traditional carnival fare. Vendors include Cotton Cravings, Dolce Catering, Edible Arrangements, and For All Occasions & More Catering.

“All of us on the fun run committee — Romi Elkounovitch, Rachael Engler, Amy Rosenberg and I — put in many, many hours to bring it together,” Schorvitz said. “But with this fun run and fall festival, we’re not just fundraising. We’re giving everyone a great time and really getting to know our AJA families and neighbors. And this is more fun than cookie dough.”