Annual Sandy Erickson Race To Benefit Students

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Six years ago, the Greater Collegedale School System began a 5K and Kids Fun Run, in honor of Sandy Erickson, a beloved teacher who taught first grade for over 20 years at A.W. Spalding Elementary School.

Ms. Erickson cared deeply for each of her students, working one-on-one to enhance their success. When diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), she kept her cheery attitude and sense of humor, exemplifying a selflessness spirit and a heart for all students.

Officials said, "The Sandy Erickson Race for Christian Education continues to focus on providing student aid. Many of the families who attend the GCSS – A.W. Spalding Elementary, Collegedale Adventist Middle School, and Collegedale Academy –  are only able to attend because of student aid provided through the Worthy Student Fund (WSF). This fund is critical to our mission in furthering our ministry for every student, especially those that desire, but couldn’t otherwise afford to attend GCSS. This year the WSF is helping 160 students. This is only possible generosity of contributors."

The overall goal is to raise $300,000 for WSF, and the race is key in jump starting efforts. Last year, $55,173 was raised that benefited WSF. In addition, organizers had 37 sponsors and 470 registered student and community runners that participated in the event. Families and the community running together for a cause.

Officials invite the public to join them by providing assistance to those in need in a couple of ways:

 Consider becoming one of our event partners through sponsorship of the Sandy Erickson Race for Christian Education. Donate today:

 Register at to run/walk in the race on Sunday, Nov. 5.

Additional information, pictures and previous race results are available at

Donations will be accepted until the date of the race.


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