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Eastlake Elementary seeks sponsors for its 5K, 1-mile run

Mar 08, 2018 02:46PM ● Published by Julie Slama

Eastlake Elementary will host its annual community 5K and 1-mile run in May, as runners seen here finish last year’s event. (Angela Sharp)

With a goal to fundraise for additional Chromebooks so more students can have access to technology, Eastlake Elementary will hold its annual 5K and 1-mile run in May.

“We’re looking for sponsors who want to support our students in the community,” said Angela Sharp, Eastlake School Community Council sponsorship chairwoman.

Those sponsors would have a booth at the Eastlake Community 5K and 1-mile run on Monday, May 14, she said about the event that attracted about 300 runners in previous years.

“We hope to continue to increase this number as we make it a tradition among our community,” Sharp said. “We have competitive runners as well as a lot of families who come out to run together.”

Those who wish to run or walk in the event can register at www.runeastlake.com. Those wishing to make financial contribution can use the same link, she said.

The website will have details about the registration process, routes — which starts at the school and continues through the community — and additional information. There will be food available for purchase as well as prizes for top winners. 

Students will receive a T-shirt, and if they fundraise enough to reach their technology goal, they will earn a chance to choose an incentive for their principal, Suzie Williams, and teachers, Sharp said.

“Last year, Principal Kyle Hansen kissed a pig, and the students got such a kick out of it,” she said.

 Principal Suzie Williams said there are about 1,045 students attending Eastlake Elementary. With portables added and the remodeling of some classrooms this past summer, the maximum capacity limit is 1,075. She said next year’s projected growth will bring them within 20 students of that number.

Williams said that 30 Chromebooks and a cart would cost about $7,000. 

“If they could raise $7,000, I would be elated,” she said, adding that currently the school is at a 2:1 ratio of students to computers.

Sharp said she hopes the community will be drawn to the 5K and 1-mile run. 

“We’re really hoping the community comes out to support our school,” she said. “We’ve been overcrowded, so this past summer, we have had to turn our computer lab into a classroom. We really could use some mobile labs of Chromebooks so our students can learn with the technology that’s needed today.”

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