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Kick off schools fundraising with the first “Run for Schools” March 31st!

To celebrate the annual campaign to raise money for Vashon public schools, local families are encouraged to come to the first ever "Run for Schools", a 1k and 5k event to be held on Saturday, March 31st, at 10 a.m., at the Vashon High School track.

Prizes will be awarded to first place boy, first place girl, youngest runner, and first place family. Pledge forms will be available for those who would like to kick off their annual support of the Vashon public schools. Superintendent Michael Soltman will draw a name from those who sign up that morning on site and the winner will also win a prize. Prizes are from The Little House, Thriftway, Full Circle Wellness, the Vashon High School Drama Department (tickets to Legally Blonde!), the Vashon Theatre, online bookseller Powell’s Books, and more! Top prizes will include two tickets to a Sounders game for "first couple" to cross the finish line, and two free tickets to the greatly-anticipated opening show of the new "Hunger Games" movie, coming to the Vashon Theatre March 23rd, for "first teen" to cross the line!

The run will be "started" by McMurray physical education teacher Carrie Hatfield. While everyone is encouraged to run, walkers are welcome, too! There is no charge to run or attend, and the event is on, rain or shine.

"We want to celebrate our public schools, and kick off our annual fundraising campaign," said Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation Chair Zabette Macomber. "What better way to do that than all of us coming out for this run and having a great time with each other and our families?"

For those who like a little more distance, there will be an optional 5k distance run for those who want to continue around the track, once the 1k runners are done. Prizes will go to first place finishers in the following categories: boy (under 12, Thriftway gift certificate), girl (under 12, Thriftway gift certificate), teen (Hunger Games opening show tickets), couple (Sounders tickets), youngest (Little House), oldest (massage gift certificate), and 5k (online book store gift certificate). Also, we will do a drawing from the list of those who sign up that day for their annual contribution. The winner of that drawing will win two tickets to "Legally Blonde" at the high school theater and a Thriftway gift certificate.

Questions about the event can go to Foundation Board Members Andrew Oatman ( and Lauri Hennessey