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Strides 4 Students Fun Run fundraiser set for ShoWare on Aug. 24
For the Reporter
Communities In Schools of Kent and South Sudan Community Restoration Program, a mission of Kent Lutheran Church, present Strides 4 Students Fun Run, a 5-K race/walk and Fill the Bus activity on Saturday, Aug. 24 at ShoWare Center.
Registration for the fun run will begin at 7:30 a.m. with race times starting at 8:30 a.m. for runners, 9 a.m. for walkers.
The racecourse is a flat stretch of 2.5 kilometers from ShoWare Center along the Interurban Trail and back.
Entry fee is $25 for adults with discounts for youths, teams, families and those who register by Aug. 1. Online registration is available at Active.com (strides4students-5k-2013).
On hand to cheer on the runners and walkers will be the Sounders Women's Soccer Team and the Seattle Thunderbirds' mascot, Cool Bird.
Proceeds from the fun run will be used to build and furnish a primary school in Malual, South Sudan.
"This program was formed after a large group of South Sudanese families joined our membership at Kent Lutheran Church," said Debbie Hunt, South Sudan Community Restoration Program coordinator. "After listening to their stories of war, relocation and living as refugees, how could we not agree to help those they left behind?"
The Fill the Bus activity will benefit the Kent School District. Runners, walkers and spectators are invited to "fill the bus" from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with much-needed school supplies.
"There are more than 450,000 low-income students in the Kent School District," said Katie Adams, VISTA resource development coordinator of Communities In Schools Kent. "Our goal is to fill the bus and send as many children as we can back to school with the basic supplies their families could not otherwise afford."
SSCRP is a ministry of Kent Lutheran Church, a non-profit organization focused on a community in the Upper White Nile Region of South Sudan to make repatriation possible for those who wish to return, and to improve the quality of life for those who chose to remain.
CISK's mission is to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life by providing a wide range of support services that include mentoring, academic services, and resources to students in need of support.