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The annual Team Up for Students 5K fundraiser helps a different local school each year.

The fourth annual "Team Up for Students 5K" benefitting a local elementary school is coming up Saturday, May 26, at Echo Shaw Elementary School in Forest Grove at 9 a.m.

The proceeds from the fun run/walk will benefit staff and students at Butternut Creek Elementary School this year. In the past, proceeds have gone to Cornelius Elementary School, W.L. Henry Elementary School and Fern Hill Elementary School.

"Every year the money goes to teachers at usually pretty high poverty schools for them to use any way they feel, which for teachers is very unusual," said Marcia Camacho who teaches at Neil Armstrong Middle School in Forest Grove and is one of the events' founders and organizers.

The federal government provides funding for 10 Title I schools in the Hillsboro School District. If the school had funding for an 11th, Camacho said, it would be Butternut Creek.

"They clearly have the need, and they are just one school away from getting those extra funds."

The event was started by teachers who are school union leaders in both Hillsboro and Forest Grove, who wanted to start a fun event after attending the Quality Education Fair downtown Portland, Camacho said.

"We thought, 'Let's continue generating good will around showing the community how much teachers care about our students and want the best for our students,'" Camacho said. "We use the slogan, 'Creating the Schools Our Students Deserve' and try to let the community and parents and students and other teachers know that that's how much teachers care about students."

The annual event usually brings in around $3,000 to $4,000 for the chosen school, Camacho said, and many community members and local organizations help to support it.

The cost is $5 for students and $15 for adults, and is open to the public.

Those who want to participate can sign up online at www.teamupforstudents.com or you can sponsor a kid, or donate directly to the fundraiser on the site.


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