Everything you need to know about the 2019 Light it up for S.T.E.A.M. Glow Fest event


What is the Light It Up for S.T.E.A.M. event?

This event is our MAJOR FUNDRAISER of the school year, and is our way of kicking off the year with a fun community gathering.

Your PTSA donations support the many educational programs and grants we offer throughout our school. This year our special focus is to fund our new school-wide art program (Smart With Art), and provide laptops and tablets to the classrooms.


When and where is the event?

The event is on Thursday, September 26th 4:30PM - 6:30PM on Cascade Ridge school grounds.

This is a family event so please plan to attend with your child or send them with a responsible adult. Friends and family are welcome to join! Your child should go home from school as usual on the 26th, and then return with family or chaperones at 4:30.


What activities will be available for students and families to participate in and enjoy?

  • Glow dance: A low-light dance with blacklights and neon, taking place in the cafe.  There are two dance waves to choose from when you RSVP: 4:45-5:15 and 5:20-5:50.  After 5:50 the dance is open to all.
  • S.T.E.A.M. fun: Science, technology, and art exhibits and interactive activities.
  • Cupcake walk: People can purchase a chance to win a cupcake or small treat.
  • Concessions/food: Glow packs/ Baked goods, coffee cart, food trucks, and pizza.
  • Sensory zone: Quiet S.T.E.A.M. activities, sand art, bubbles, books coloring/art
  • Other activities: Photo wall, face painting, balloon twisting, games and activities and more…


What are some quieter options at this event?

We will have a sensory zone  where your child can participate in some quieter individual activities like: sand art, coloring, reading books, slime making and other S.T.E.A.M. related fun!

When is the auction this year?

This year the auction will take place November 5-7 during the book fair. Stay tuned for more details about all of the wonderful products and teacher experiences that will be available!


What is the suggested donation for Cascade Ridge Families?

We are aiming to raise $80,000 this year to fund the many programs PTSA supports.  

Therefore, we encourage a donation of $150 for 1 child, or $225 for families with 2+ Cascade Ridge students.  Let’s meet our goals so we can foster our children’s growth!


How do I donate to Light It Up/PTSA?

Go to the cascaderidgeptsa.org website and click on the Echo the Robot icon.

Follow the directions on the robot site to be taken to the RSVP+Donation site CheddarUp.

You may donate via credit card via the CheddarUp.

You may also donate via cash or check by first submitting the donation form on CheddarUp.  After the form is submitted, cash and checks (made payable to Cascade Ridge PTSA) can be submitted to the PTSA collection box in the school lobby.  Please be sure to place all your donations in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and teacher name. 


When do I register and when is my donation due?

You can register starting right now, and all the way up to the event.  Donations are due right away so that your student receives their incentives prior to the Light It Up event!


What will my child receive as an incentive for my donation?



  • School – We will have a school-wide fundraising goal of $80,000 for our programs, events, and grants.  If we meet the school goal every student will be invited to participate in a fun school-wide event (details to follow).
  • Classroom – The top class per grade (by %) will receive an added reward of an extra popcorn recess as well as extra school supplies for your teacher. The top overall classroom (by %) will get to choose a fun S.T.E.A.M activity with a treat! 
  • Individual – Individual incentives will be earned for:
    • RSVPing for the event and choosing a dance wave: Students will receive be an enamel Echo the Robot pin.  Pins will be distributed the week of September 16th, and on Wednesday the 25th.
    • Echo The Robot Pin
    • Meeting a personal fundraising goal of $150 or more: Students will receive a Glow Pack (assorted gear for the Glow Dance) which they will pick up at the Light It Up event. . 


Can other people donate to support the PTSA’s educational program?

Absolutely!  Grammas, grampas, friends, local businesses - anyone can support our children’s education!  The Community Donation page is the place to go to donate.


My company has a donation fund-matching program.  How do I take advantage of this?

Did you know that many companies will match their employee's charitable contributions?  Check the Cascade Ridge PTSA website to see if your company is on the list. The RSVP+Donation form has several fields to support company matching.


Does my child have to collect donations to participate in the Light It Up event?

No, it is free to participate.  However, you must RSVP your child on the CheddarUp website so that we can plan accordingly for the number of attendees. 


What if I want to attend the event but I don’t want to dance? How do I RSVP?

RSVP “Yes” on the website and choose a dance wave.  You are not required to dance - but who knows - you may change your mind!


Do we need to bring money to participate in the Light It Up activities?

Most activities are free to all. The events with associated costs are:

  • Cake Walk game ($2 per round per person – CASH ONLY).
  • Concessions (baked goods $1-$3, candy $1, Gatorade, Juice Boxes and Polar Sparkling Water $1 each – CASH ONLY)
  • Food truck vendors - various prices
  • Pizza - various prices