June 28, 2011 > Fun Run
By Suzanne Ortt, Photo by Michael Ritchie
What a morning! Perfect running weather was in place for 345 students and school supporters gathered at Cesar Chavez Middle School in Union City on June 11 at New Haven Unified School District's "Race to Save Student Activities," aka Fun Run/Walk. The Second Annual Run had something for everyone: 5K, 10K, relay races, and children races.
Walkers and runners raised funds for schools as they traveled along the Alameda Creek Trail and circled the school running track. Participation doubled from last year's event, netting over $10,000.
Binyam Abraha, a third grader at Kitayama Elementary, came in first in his race and pronounced the run - "fun." Kevein Muentoe, a Kitayama fifth grader ran in the 5K. Smiling broadly, he said, "I really enjoyed it."
New Haven Boosters, in cooperation with the New Haven Foundation and Union City Leisure Services put on the race. The Boosters have set a goal of $110,000 for co-curricular school programs. If each New Haven family contributes $60, all activities could be saved. At last report, contributions over the past month totaled over $40,000.
Logan students set up a 10-10-10 drive to help with the budget shortfall. Students each tried to get 10 people to donate $10 by June 10. This effort netted over $10, 000.
More fundraising details are available at: www.newhavenboosters.org and www.nhsfoundation.org.