Event brings in $12,000 to support literacy and reading in the school

An annual event at Sunset Primary School took a new name and a new focus this year and found new success along the way.

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Fifth-grader Miles Lindsey runs through an archway while younger students cheer him on during Sunset Primary Schools Run for Reading on May 16.The school’s annual fun run was revamped as the Run for Reading to reflect the Parent Teacher Student Organization’s focus on reading and literacy support.

Faced with an ambitious goal of raising $10,000 to fund book purchases, reading events, author visits, tutoring, curriculum extension and more, Sunset students proved to be more than up to the challenge. Led through warm-up stretches and joined in the first few laps by Principal Lisa Hawking, the students took to the school’s track in small groups on May 16.

“So far, our PTSA has counted $12,145 in donations, exceeding our goal,” Hawking said, adding that event organizer Sally Davey expected that total to climb higher as students continued to collect and return donations to the school.

Although all students ran during the event, participation in the fundraising portion was not required. Nevertheless, nearly all students brought in at least $1 in pledges, an amount that qualified them to collect a foot-shaped charm.

One class, Celeste Lynch’s third-grade class, had almost 100 percent participation during the event and even some extracurricular support.

Three of her students had a lemonade stand that earned $46. That money was added to the total.

Speaking of the lemonade stand, Hawking called it “a great example of how this event promotes class unity and spirit.”

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