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2010 Race for Success Made Great Strides for Local Schools

Race for Success 2010On your mark, get set, run! More than 500 members of the Westchester community participated in 2010 Race for Success on Saturday, May 22. The 5K walk/run, held on the Loyola Marymount University campus, raised money for local schools.

“It is critical now, more than ever, to support our local schools – with both our time and financial resources. Nothing raises property taxes, draws people to a neighborhood, or creates a sense of community as strong as neighborhood schools,” said Gena Vincent, coordinator of the race.

The race began at 8 a.m. and participants ran or walked the 3.1-mile-long course. Children aged 9 and under had the option of participating in a kids’ 1K. Participants received a T-shirt and a Whole Foods “Go Green” bags filled with goodies and coupons.

“We hope that it was a great event for the whole family, and one that brought the community together,” Vincent said. “We also hope that people got a great sense of satisfaction knowing that they are participating in an event that is supporting out neighborhood schools.”

The proceeds went to the booster clubs and Parent Teacher Organizations at the five elementary schools in Westchester and Playa del Rey, as well as Orville Wright Middle School and Westchester High School. Each school will decide how to best utilize the money, whether it’s augmenting salaries for teachers to keeping class sizes low to funding music and art programs.

“Our schools face financial hardships and must find many ways to raise more funds just to maintain existing programs and staffing levels,” Vincent said. “If we want our neighborhood to continue to grow and thrive, the best investment we can make is in our local schools.”

Posted May 24, 2010