Nine years ago, Collegedale Academy began a 5K and Kids Fun Run, in honor of Sandy Erickson, a teacher who taught first grade for over 20 years at Collegedale Academy – elementary.
"Mrs. Erickson cared deeply for each of her students, working one-on-one to enhance their success," officials said. "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.
"The Sandy Erickson Race for Christian Education 5K and Fun Run continues to focus on providing student aid. Many of the families who attend Collegedale Academy are only able to attend because of student aid provided through the Worthy Student Fund. This fund is critical to our mission in furthering our ministry for every student, especially those that desire, but couldn’t otherwise afford a Christian education.
"This year the WSF is helping 160 students. This is only possible due to our generous donors.
"Our overall goal is to raise $372,000 for WSF, and the race is key in jump starting our efforts. Last year, we raised $70,588 that benefited WSF. In addition, we had 61 sponsors and 529 registered student and community runners that participated in the event.
"Families and the community running together for a cause...what a tremendous event."
The school invites those who would like to support the cause to join them by providing assistance 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; and/or
• Register at www.sandyericksonfunrun.com to run/walk in the virtual race, from Friday, Oct. 23
through Sunday, Nov. 1.
Additional information, pictures and previous race results are available at www.sandyericksonfunrun.com. Donations are accepted at any time.