October 9, 2012 > Run 4 Education!
Run 4 Education!
By Angie Wang, Photo courtesy of Fremont Education Foundation
For a number of years, Learning Bee Learning Center has partnered with Fremont Education Foundation (FEF) to host the annual Run 4 Education, a race that gives students, teachers and the rest of the community an active opportunity to raise funds for the district.
The Eighth Annual Run 4 Education at Lake Elizabeth will be held on October 14. All proceeds benefit the Fremont Education Foundation's Guy Emanuele Sports Fund (GESF), which provides scholarships for children facing economic hardships. GESF allows more students to participate in after-school sports, regardless of their economic situation. With money raised from past events, GESF sponsors boys' and girls' basketball programs at all Fremont Unified School District elementary schools as well as high schools throughout the school year.
Learning Bee Learning Center's Program Director, Grace Wong, has worked to put on the event since its creation eight years ago. She says, "The Run was spearheaded by one of the previous co-owners of Happy Fish Swim School, Ms. Liz Elliott. In the first six years, Learning Bee supported this event as the platinum sponsor. Last year, I officially took the role of primary event organizer in support of the GESF and FEF."
Every year, approximately 300 community members participate in the Run, raising around $100,000 within the past seven years. "Teachers bring their students and the students bring their families," said GESF Vice President Henry Hutchins. For example, Vice Principal Zack Larsen and teacher Nancy Benton of Mission San Jose High School, as well as many other district students will be participating in this year's event.
MSJHS alumnus Kylan Nieh, who represented Team USA as a torchbearer in the 2012 London Olympics, will make a guest appearance. The event will also include live music, a costume contest for registered runners of all ages, a photo booth where sponsors and participants can upload photos from the event to Facebook instantaneously and a brand-new Technology Grant Challenge that will award two FUSD teachers with grants of $500 each.
To register for Run 4 Education, visit www.fremontrun4education.com. The Run consists of 5K and 10K races, as well as half and quarter mile races for younger participants.
In the future, Hutchins plans to involve more community members and organizations in the event. Wong hopes this will become a year-round initiative. "This year, with help of the FUSD staff, we have received an unprecedented number of fall GESF Sports Grants applications. Funding is very important, so by increasing participation at all levels, we would be able to sponsor more and more students every year," Hutchins says.
Run 4 Education
Sunday, Oct 14
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Lake Elizabeth at Central Park, Fremont
Registration fees: $35 for 5K and 10K races
$25 for half and quarter mile children's races