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Washoe Education Association Pays Run for Education Registration Fees For Members and Their Family

The Education Alliance of Washoe County is planning the 2018 Run for Education to raise money for PE and nutrition in Washoe County elementary schools. The event will be held on Sunday, October 21 at the Outlets at Legends in front of SCHEELS. There will be 5K/10K races, as well as the Sparks Marina March and ½ Mile Kids Fun Run along with a lively Fitness and Family Fair for children and families to enjoy a variety of activity stations and booths. The Washoe Education Association (WEA), the educator’s union in Washoe County, has been a long time sponsor of the event. WEA President, Natha Anderson shared why the WEA supports the event.

Why does WEA sponsor the Run for Education?
We help sponsor the Run for Education because it helps our schools and kids! With the emphasis on providing more help towards PE and exercise programs, it is something our organization believes in and will work on to make a success. We sponsor our members and their immediate family because the funds raised stay in the community and help our community become stronger. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Register through your school run coordinator or contact the WEA at (775) 828-9282.

How does the lack of PE funding in elementary schools affect students?
Research and anecdotal evidence show how getting kids active – at a younger age – allows for students to do better socially and mentally. Our students need the opportunity to exercise their brains and their bodies with more consistent PE time. It allows for excess energy to be used in a more structured manner and also emphasizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes the empathy we feel for others and the importance of teamwork comes through much clearer in the subject of PE.

What do you look forward to each year at the Run for Education?
A reminder about how our community continues to be the “biggest” little area. I see my fellow classmates from the University of Nevada or former student who are now (gulp) old enough to have children who participate. It is the sense of a community working together for a successful event.

What are you some of your favorite memories from the Run for Education?
The sense of accomplishment a 2nd grader feels when they cross the finish line and are awarded their medal. A kindergartner looking up at one of the High School ROTC cadets with awe and how the same cadet turns around to treats her with kindness. The sounds…you hear so many people encouraging others to succeed.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Run for Education, contact the Education Alliance at (775) 353-6950 or visit ed-alliance.org. Sponsor benefits include company logo on the back of an expected 4,000+ runners’ t-shirts, tabling opportunity and banners at event, inclusion in all advertising/marketing, and, and recognition on race day.

The Education Alliance’s Run for Education is one of the largest family and community running events in Northern Nevada that raises money directly impacting WCSD students. In 2017, more than 8,700 people attended, including 600 teachers, and 90 schools participated, including charter schools. There were 3,984 runners and proceeds from sponsorships provided a $2,000 Kids in Motion grant to 55 schools to fund physical education and nutrition activities, impacting 28,968 elementary school-aged children. Currently WCSD elementary schools receive little or no funding for PE.

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