HARKER HEIGHTS — As the sun rose over Skipcha Elementary School on Saturday morning, 85 families took their places on the blacktop in preparation for the school’s inaugural 1k family and 5k fun runs.

Proceeds from both runs will help fund enrichment programs for the 1,030 elementary school students, Principal Carrie Parker said.

“On Fridays, our students get to participate in an enrichment program of their choice, and the money raised today will enable us to purchase additional supplies,” she said, adding that money will be used to buy things like Lego Robotics, photography equipment and additional technology.

The 1k family fun run kicked off the morning’s event with a lap around the school before the 5k fun run, which boasted 86 runners.

“I ordered and sold 400 T-shirts,” Parker said, adding the runs generated $4,000 in profit. “We realized runs were a trendy thing to do and we wanted to give kids the experience of doing something that is good for them physically while bringing families together.” Among the morning’s participants were several Skipcha teachers who ran alongside their students.

“This was for a great cause and it was a great way to have fun outside the classroom,” said Brittani Roberts, a second-grade teacher.

Kindergarten teacher Tracsena Grant participated with four of her students, including Sydney Ellis, 5. “It was fun to run with my teacher,” Sydney said.

Coming in first place during the family fun run, leaving his dad and siblings in his dust, was 7-year-old Maverick Wade.

“It was fun to run and fun to win,” he said.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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