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Teens organize jogathon fundraiser to help impoverished children

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Oswego High School juniors Corinna Winstead and Caroline Dorman were the sole organizers of Strides for Schools World Vision Jogathon in April.Two Lake Oswego High School juniors made great strides in helping a charity that helps children get an education.

Corinna Winstead and Caroline Dorman organized the first Strides for Schools World Vision Jogathon on April 21 at the high school, raising about $3,400 for children and attracting dozens of attendees. The fundraiser benefitted World Vision, a nonprofit Christian organization operating in 100 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The group offers services such as food and education for children in need, disaster relief and clean water in places with water shortages.

World Vision’s website says it costs about $32 to send an impoverished child to school, and Winstead said Strides for Schools raised enough to send 106 impoverished children to school. The goal was $10,000, but Dorman said the event was a huge success because it helped so many children, and Winstead agreed.

“That is 106 lives changed for the better, 106 families that will be blessed, and potentially even 106 communities around the world impacted from a jogathon that happened in Lake Oswego, Oregon,” Winstead said. “That is crazy.”by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: MEG NICOLE MCNAMARA - Joggers and walkers turned out to support the first Strides for Schools event.

Dorman said another bonus is the event spread the word about World Vision, which “has a great mission of helping kids.”

Dozens of people participated in the jogathon, running or walking around the track at the high school. Dorman and Winstead did not have a definitive crowd count. They said there was a miscommunication, and a state girls soccer game was being held at the same time at Lake Oswego High — but that large gathering turned out to be a boon to the jogathon.

“Even though the double-scheduling had the potential of being a frustrating disaster, it proved to be very positive,” Winstead said. “Some generous soccer parents donated money for the event as well.”

The pair hopes to bring the event back next year.

“I’d absolutely love to,” Winstead said. “I have many different exciting ideas that are swirling through my head for next year.”

With the end of the school year upon them, the two teens — the event’s only organizers — have a few other things on their minds.

“We’re also trying to enjoy our success right now and not stress about next year and take it one step at a time,” Dorman said.

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