Record participation in 14th annual Student Stride

More than 600 participants raised $17,000 for schools

The Student Stride for Education is still going strong.

Now in its 14th year, the event reached record participation and funds raised this time around.

On race day, May 20, 631 participants toed the start line and raised $17,000 to fund classroom grants and scholarships in Washougal.

“We are absolutely thrilled to see the community involvement in this event because it represents a commitment to enhancing the quality of education in our community by families and businesses,” says Stephanie Eakins, event director. “Student runners and 5k run/walk participation fund the event, while our generous sponsors make up the total amount raised for classroom.”

The 2017 Student Stride for Education marks the seventh year of ongoing partnership between Washougal Schools Foundation and Discovery Dental, the title sponsor for the event. Other longtime event sponsors include Glory Days, Sodexo, Parr Lumber, Exterior Wood, Waste Connections, the Washougal School District, Columbia Credit Union, CertaPro and Country Financial. New sponsors for 2017 include IQ Credit Union and Earth2O.

The event is the primary fundraising activity for the Washougal Schools Foundation, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of public education and improving the lives of Washougal’s children. The Foundation uses the proceeds of the WSF Stride for classroom grants and college scholarships.

Top runners by grade level are: Adrian Brower and Sydney Taylor, kindergarten 1.5k; Cooper Condon, Miller Liston and Hudson Kanzler, first-grade 1.5k; Bodie Ostenson, Maddy Alldrin and Sam Kellar, second-grade 1.5k; Brandon Lee, Owen Leifsen and London Sanders, third-grade 2k; Austin Mattern, Ben Kellar and Brandon Austenfeld, fourth-grade 2k; Elle Tomas, William Cooper and Danica Stinchfield, fifth-grade 2k; Grace DeShazer, Abby Derico and Christina Young, middle school 5k walk; Sam Lewis, Gavin Keyser and Sage Morris, middle school 5k run; Rowan Sharp, Kyle O’Brien and Cady O’Brien, 5k walk; and Jackson Keyser, Tory Prince-Butterfield and Aiden Pullen, 5k run.

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