Kids are the real winners in Running with Ed relay
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow .
When it comes to an opportunity to support their schools, nothing can stop Park City residents, not even wind-driven sleet and rain.
Last Saturday, local roads and trails were teeming with determined bands of parents, teachers, students and others who wanted to ensure the community’s education system is the best it can be. In all, organizers say, 850 runners participated. Their entry fees and additional donations will help fund specific programs at each school in the district.
The four-year-old event, dubbed Running with Ed, has grown each year, despite springtime’s unpredictable weather, and is just one of a myriad of examples of this community’s dedication to education.
Year-round, businesses and residents step forward to support the schools with both money and volunteer manpower. Citizens also serve on a variety of committees to help craft new policies and programs.
And, next month, the community will once again stuff the pockets of graduating seniors with much-needed scholarships for college.
That support is especially welcome in a state where tax-funded per-pupil spending is among the lowest in the nation.
While the economy does appear to be slowly rebounding, funding for education is still inadequate. Even in Park City, widely considered to be a relatively well heeled community, teachers have still not settled negotiations on their salary contracts and are battling to preserve current benefit levels.
At the same time, the Board of Education’s budget is strapped, forcing members to choose between maintaining programs at the expense of staff positions, or vice versa.
The generous contributions inspired by Running with Ed, in addition to many of the additional programs organized by the Park City Education Foundation, will go a long way toward bridging that gap. They also as evidenced by the wet but happy faces at the finish line on Saturday remind us all that educating our children is a cause worth running for, in any weather.
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