5k Race to Benefit Children in Africa and Eastern Idaho

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 4/25/2013 8:40 pm
Getting 11 schools and nearly 500 students on the same page can be quite the undertaking. But that’s what an afterschool program in Bannock County has done and soon their hard work will be put to the test.

“When we first started this service learning project, our goal was how can we get students to build relationships with their community and we went back and forth deciding on what we should do,” said Andrew Fletcher, instructor in the afterschool program.

The afterschool program ultimately decided to turn this into a lesson in sustainability while helping people in our sister city an ocean away.

“All the money that we make goes to help sustain the programs in after school and then it also goes to help students in Africa get new desks, get solar power for their hospital and then help them go to high school, go to secondary education,” said Fletcher.

It’s not required for the students to run the 5K race but the majority will. They are excited to be able to run stride-by-stride with the grownups. They’ve spent a long time preparing for the race while picking up a few life skills along the way.

“Our students have learned to take on responsibilities by making race decorations, having the discipline to train for the race and then working as a team that they decide what they want to present in the race and then just the whole collaborative work of putting it all together,” continued Fletcher.

The race is scheduled for Saturday with race day registration starting at 9:00 AM at Hawthorne Middle School in Pocatello.

 

5K Race Information

When:       April 27                                                                                               

Time:        10:00 AM 

Location:    Hawthorne Middle School

Entry:        $15/participant or $45/group of 4

Each participant will receive a t-shirt, water bottle, and gifts from sponsors.

After the race they will have awards and raffle prizes.

Contact Joyce Anderson (208) 223-6302 if you have any questions.

5K Race Website
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