March for Mars

March for Mars

March for Mars Committee

  • Sarah Hosack – Coordinator
  • Misty Cope – Coordinator
  • Megan Lenz – Coordinator, MAE
  • Lisa Fonzi
  • Melissa Gulnac – Centennial
  • Heather Garver
  • Janelle Emanuele
  • Jen Abel – MAE

March for Mars - THANK YOU!

The PTO would like to give a huge thank to all the parents, staff and business sponsors for being so generous. The money donated will ensure that the students and staff are able to participate in field trips and fund other educational activities and programs throughout the year. We also would like to thank you for the time each one of you put into March for Mars. You all made it possible for the children to have an amazing day full of fun and excitement!

Congratulations to 5th grader Katharine Householder – the winner of the autographed David Bednar jersey and 2nd grader Bella Savona – the winner of the autographed Evgeni Malkin jersey from the Pittsburgh Penguins! The Mars PTO thanks you for your support! 

Thank you to Mars Alumni David Bednar and the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Penguins for supporting the Mars Elementary PTO!

March for Mars Sponsors Needed!

Are you a local business looking for a way to support the Mars Elementary schools?

Each year the Mars Elementary PTO holds a fundraiser called March for Mars. Our goal is to raise money for Mars elementary schools while promoting healthy choices and having FUN for our students in grades K through 6.  March for Mars is a fun run/walk where the students will collect pledges from friends and family and then participate in a walk/run on campus during the school day.

We are offering our community businesses the opportunity to market your products and services via tax-deductible sponsorship of March for Mars. Proceeds from the event will fund PTO programs for the 2022-2023 school year.  We hope that this event will be a big success again this year!

If you’re interested in being a March for Mars sponsor, please contact the committee for more details!

$250 Platinum Sponsor
✅ Your business name/logo printed on a banner with all our corporate sponsors that will be displayed at the MAC (Mars Athletic Complex) for a full year.  
✅ Your business name/logo printed on the pledge envelope
✅ Your business name/logo printed on the back of the March for Mars T-shirt
✅ An ad on the Mars PTO Website
✅ March for Mars t-shirts for your MASD student(s), if applicable or to hang in your office.

$150 Gold Sponsor
✅ Your business name/logo printed on the back of the March for Mars T-shirt
✅ An ad on the Mars PTO Website

$75 Silver Sponsor
✅ Your business name printed on the back of the March for Mars T-shirt

March for Mars 2022!

We are happy to announce that our fall PTO FUNdraiser is back! We will be holding our March for Mars event! Our goal is to raise money for the Mars Elementary PTO, while promoting health, fitness, and having FUN! March for Mars is a walk-a-thon where the students collect pledges from friends and family.

All students will participate in a walk on or near their campus during the school day at a time designated by their Principal:

  • October 12th (PC)
  • October 13th (MAE)
  • October 14th (Centennial)

Proceeds from the event will fund PTO programs for the 2022-2023 school year. We expect this fundraiser to be a huge success!

It includes the “opt out” program where if you choose to contribute $30, you will have done your part to ensure we reach our annual goal and continue to fund many important programs and activities that we sponsor. Please note, if you “opt out” you will still receive prizes appropriate at the $30 level (see prizes below).


The PTO needs a lot of volunteers to keep the kids on course, prepare and hand out refreshments and cheer them on as they March for Mars!

In addition to volunteers on the day of each school’s “march”, we will need a handful of parents to assist with prize sorting and distribution on Tuesday, October 11th. Sign up here to volunteer:

If you would like to help the PTO run this terrific fundraiser and see your child and their classmates in action, please use the appropriate “SignUp” link below.

Note: Each school has a separate Sign-Up Page. If you have children in more than one school and wish to participate with your child, you will need to use more than one link.

Please remember to have your license scanned before the day of the event. If you have any questions, please contact the March for Mars committee!


Collect $50 and your name will be entered into BOTH drawings to win an:

Autographed Evgeni Malkin Jersey OR Autographed David Bednar Jersey!

Then, for each additional $50 raised, your name will be entered again.

Here’s what you need to do:

Collect donations from friends and family to sponsor you for March for Mars. We are asking for a flat donation, not a per-lap donation.
Donations can be collected by:

  1. Cash or Check: Checks can be made payable to Mars Elementary PTO
    ***Please do not postdate checks, as all checks will be cashed upon receipt***
  2. Online Donations (processing fees apply): Use the following website:



All students will be eligible to earn the following PRIZES based upon the amount of donations they collect:

  • *** All participants will receive Mars sunglasses.
  • $10 March for Mars Rally Towel
  • $30 Congratulations, you have opted out and will help the PTO reach its annual goal.
  • $40 March for Mars T-shirt to wear the day of the event
  • $50 Name entered in a drawing to win an autographed Malkin or Bednar Jersey (and again for each additional $50)
  • $75 Mars Stainless Steel Water Bottle (delivered late October)
  • $150 Mars Blanket (delivered late October)
  • $300 Mars Under Armour Hoodie (delivered late October)

We can accept donations after the deadline but CANNOT guarantee the availability of prizes or entry into the drawing (if eligible), so turn in your collection envelope with cash and/or checks NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th.

*There is no rain date should this event be canceled due to inclement weather. All pledges collected will be considered a donation to the Mars Elementary PTO. We will make every effort to work around any adverse weather conditions on the day of the event.

2022-2023 March for Mars Sponsors

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