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Running for funds

Williamette Primary students raise money for school


by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kindergartener Noah Moorad keeps up a good pace as he adds to his lap total.Principal David Pryor had some practical advice for parents who were thinking about joining their students for Willamette Primary School’s Jan. 24 fun run.

“I encourage you to eat a good breakfast and tie your shoelaces up tightly,” Pryor said.

Organized by the school’s parent-teacher group, the run is a fundraiser. Students and their families received pledge envelopes before the event and were encouraged to seek either flat or per-lap donations.

The day of the run, each class spent 20 minutes running laps in the gym to raise money for their school. It’s a low-cost event that allows the majority of money raised to go back into the school community.

by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Volunteer Christine Roger shouts out encouragement to runners at Willamette Primary School's fun run Jan. 24.  Field trips, playground equipment, iPads and guest speakers are just a few of the items the fun run will bring to the school community.

“Willamette children run their hearts out, and even our youngest children amaze me with their fantastic grit and endurance,” Pryor said.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kindergartener Elliot Ryder chalks up another lap with her mom, Stefanie Ryder, in the gym at Willamette Primary School Jan. 24.

As a symbol of that grit — or perhaps as a reminder to perservere — each of the school’s approximately 550 runners received a T-shirt to wear before the run.”Keep calm and run on,” each shirt proclaimed.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Kindergartener Lauren Heather receives congratulations from her parents, Lane and Sean Heather, after completing her run.by: TIDINGS PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Vivi McGraw adds some laps to her run card.


By Kate Hoots
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