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Clackamas River and River Mill elementary school students students participate in annual jog-a-thons

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Clackamas River Elementary School students run together during the school's jog-a-thon last week.

If you stopped by either elementary school in Estacada last week, you might have seen students cheerfully running around the tracks.

Clackamas River Elementary School students participated in their jog-a-thon on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and River Mill Elementary School Students did so on Friday, Oct. 4.

During the hour long events, students set goals for how many laps they would run and collected pledges from family and community members to fundraise for their schools.

Teachers ran along with the students, and parents cheered from the edge of the playgrounds as upbeat music played in the background. Some students reached as many as 15 or more laps.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Clackamas River Elementary School students walk united during the schools jog-a-thon on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

"Every kid slides in with an amazingly huge smile," said Joan Lawrence, a teacher at Clackamas River Elementary School, who marked students off as they completed each round across the track.

Tracy Gaither, principal's secretary at River Mill Elementary School, enjoys seeing the students' excitement around the event.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - River Mill Elementary School students are determined to complete their laps during the school's jog-a-thon on Friday, OCt. 4.

"They get to have fun with their teachers and run together," she said. "It's a different dynamic."

Proceeds from the jog-a-thons were still being calculated as of The News' press time, but they will support a variety of elements at both schools, including field trips, classrooms and music and physical education programs.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND -  Clackamas River Elementary School journeyed around the track during their jog a thon last Wednesday.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - River Mill Elementary School students and community members ran around the track during their jog-a-thon last week.

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Elementary school teachers joined their students in running around the track during jog a thons last week.


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