Strides for Schools raises dollars for World Vision

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego High students Caroline Dorman and Corrina Winstead, right, will debut the Strides for Schools World Vision Jogathon this Sunday.To a stirring mix of artists including Queen, Taylor Swift and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, locals this Sunday will be running and walking to feed and educate children across the globe.

Lake Oswego High School juniors Caroline Dorman and Corrina Winstead put together the inaugural Strides for Schools World Vision Jogathon with the dream of raising $10,000 for World Vision. The nonprofit Christian organization operates in 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, offering services such as food and education for children in need, disaster relief and clean water in places with water shortages.

“I did some research and found out that education is the best way to fight poverty,” said Winstead, 17.

The fundraising goal would be enough to support 300 students, she said.

The benefit, which the pair hopes to make an annual tradition, sprang from Lake Oswego High’s political action seminar, an elective allowing upperclassmen to spearhead projects to develop citizenship and leadership skills.

“The purpose of the class is for students to run the class and to find things we’re passionate about,” Winstead REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Students organized Strides for Schools through Lake Oswego Highs political action seminar, an elective for upperclassmen.

Winstead added that she has happy memories of jogathons as a child and wanted to help World Vision, a group with a cause that she believes in and can trust. Her family and church have donated to the group before.

Attendees in teams of up to four people will travel around the Lake Oswego High School track in 30-minute legs, keeping one team member moving at all times.

“People can walk and run and dance and skip — whatever they want to do around the track,” Winstead said.

Sponsors are offering incentives to the athletically driven and humanitarian-minded folk who want to not only participate but also help stump for donations. The individual who raises the most money will score a year’s supply of UU Yogurt. The team that collects the most dough takes home a Zupan’s Markets gift basket, designed so the recipients can hold their own pasta party. A gift card and a pair of compression socks for runners from Foot Traffic await the person who logs the most laps.

“They are the most technical socks I have ever seen,” Winstead said.

All attendees will sport a Righteous Clothing T-shirt with the logo the Strides for Schools organizers created of a footprint and globe designed to resemble “L.O.”

Dorman said she and Winstead plan to put together Strides for Schools next year and encourage other students to carry on the tradition after they’ve graduated.

“We’re hoping that it will be a huge success,” said Dorman, 17.

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