Race for the Future, a 5K run/walk held Oct. 8, raised approximately $45,000 to benefit the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund. A total of 880 runners and walkers registered for the 5K event. Another 71 registered as Dream Partners, and an additional 77 participated in the Kid’s Dash.
Total proceeds over the race’s 20-year history are close to $420,000. The popular metro-area event is held at Lee’s Summit West High School. A photo gallery and race results are available at www.lsedfoundation.com.
A competition for student/staff participation (including runners, walkers and staff volunteers) was also held on race day among Lee’s Summit R-7 schools. Westview Elementary School won first place honors with 103 of their staff and students participating in the 5K. Second place honors went to Hazel Grove Elementary School. Each school receives a traveling trophy. In addition, the first place school receives a $1,000 grant and the second place school receives a $500 grant from the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation.
The event involves more than 80 volunteers and approximately 25 Friends of the Foundation sponsors. In-kind gifts and concessions for the Race for the Future were provided by Freestyle Graphics, Panera, Hy-Vee, LaMar’s Donuts and Farmer Brothers Coffee.
The Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation is a non-profit, 501c3 organization established in 1993 to raise and manage resources in order to expand educational opportunities. The Foundation is a way for citizens to invest in today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders and the future of Lee’s Summit by making tax-deductible donations which are utilized for non-recurring expenses. Donations help provide educational experiences above and beyond the core curricula and help initiate programs that challenge and encourage students at all levels. Over the last five years, the Foundation has awarded more than $2.6 million to Lee’s Summit R-7 students and schools via PEAK Grants, classroom technology, school programs, student assistance and scholarships to graduating seniors.
The Carrie Foresee Scholarship Fund was established in memory of Carrie Foresee, a former Lee’s Summit High School student. Carrie died Sept. 3, 1996, as the result of injuries suffered in a car accident. Funds from Race for the Future support scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors as well as classroom grants and technology.
For more information about Race for the Future or student scholarships, call Sheryl Franke, Foundation director, (816) 986-1015.