The Greater Collegedale School System began a 5K and Kids Fun Run seven years ago, in honor of Sandy Erickson, a teacher who taught first grade for over 20 years at A.W. Spalding Elementary School.
"Mrs. 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 selfless spirit," officials said. "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 financial aid provided through the Worthy Student Fund.
"In order to raise money for our students and ALS, we developed a 5K and Kids Fun Run. This race is critical to our mission in furthering our ministry for every student, especially those that couldn’t otherwise afford a Christian education. This year, we are helping 160 students. This is only possible with donations from our generous constituents.
"Our overall goal is to raise $345,000 for WSF, and the race is key in jump starting our efforts. Last year, we raised $71,000 that benefited WSF. In addition, we had 46 sponsors and 517 registered student and community runners that participated in the event. Families and the community running together for a cause...what a tremendous event. Additional information, pictures and previous race results are available at: www.sandyericksonfunrun.com. We will gladly accept donations until the date of the race."
Assistance can be provided to those in need in a couple of ways:
• Consider becoming an event partner through sponsorship of the Sandy Erickson
Race for Christian Education. Donate at: www.sandyericksonfunrun.com.
• Register at www.sandyericksonfunrun.com to run/walk in the race on Sunday, Nov. 4.