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Park Academy kids run in the sun

Annual walk brings in thousands of dollars

by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Park Academy Head of School Paula Kinney greets walk finishers Sarah Davis, left, and Maddy Roach.Park Academy’s 2014 Walk in the Park may have been an outdoor event on a day that dawned pretty gray this weekend, but plenty of people still enjoyed the 5K, breakfast, lunch and raffle.

Some 133 walkers took part in the 5K — 154 people had registered but not all showed for fear of rain. But the weather was kind Saturday, and the day was warm after a cool beginning. The start and finish of the route was at the private school, which is behind Marylhurst University.

“A lot of the kids ran the path rather than walking, so that was kind of funny seeing them. They were the first ones back,” said Jenna Kisor, Park Academy development and events assistant.by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Owen Grossman, seventh grade, crosses the finish line after completing the walk.

About $12,600 in proceeds came in through admission fees, raffle tickets and sponsorships. There were 25 volunteers signed up with several more people stepping up to help during the event.

“It was a really all-hands-on-deck day, and everybody stepped up to the plate to help out, so that was really good to see the parents get involved,” Kisor said.

There were gift baskets and trips given away in the raffle, and students sang and played instruments, and many people got into the performances and were thrilled with their prizes, she said.

The walk is the biggest community event supporting the school, which specializes in serving third- to 12th-graders with dyslexia and other language-learning differences.

The school also is expanding and is scheduled to hold classes in the former Oregon National Guard Armory this fall, and a new venue could change how many people attend the Walk in the Park, Kisor said.by: REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Paula Kinney gives a high five to one of the finishers.
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