Despite several days of torrential downpours in the days leading up to Liberty Christian School’s 2014 Race for Education, the skies cleared in just enough time to allow the racecourse to recover and be readied for the big day on Friday, May 2nd. On the morning of the race, participants welcomed sunny skies and a refreshing breeze as they completed as many laps around the course as they could within a one-hour time frame to raise money for the school’s annual fund. It was an especially good morning for 6th grader, Jonah Zabik, who completed 34 laps (a distance of about 8.5 miles). Not only did Jonah far exceed the goal of 28 laps he set for himself prior to the race, he also completed more laps than any other student who participated in this year’s event.
At the end of the race, participants and spectators alike were given the opportunity to purchase and enjoy refreshing snowballs while supporting another worthy cause. The LCS class of 2015 sold the tasty treats to raise funds for their Costa Rica mission trip scheduled to take place in February 2015. Judging by the number of green, blue, orange, and purple tongues and smiling lips witnessed after snowball consumption, this fundraiser was judged to be a success as well.
In the weeks leading up to the Race for Education, students and staff members collected addresses, filled out mailing labels, and wrote letters encouraging friends and family members to make pledges and donations to support their efforts in raising funds for the school. Sisters Emma and Grace von Riegen each brought in 61 labels, resulting in 122 sponsor letters mailed. From these letters, the school has received 30 donations so far. The sisters’ and the rest of the school community’s efforts have certainly paid off as over $13,000 has been raised to date in conjunction with this year's race.
After the race, prizes were awarded to acknowledge various student and staff efforts. For example, Mrs. Mueller’s 6th grade girls’ homeroom earned a week of dress down days for bringing in an average of 13 labels per student, the highest class average in the school. In addition, 5th grade student Caleb Matthews won the most sought-after prize, a Kindle Fire HD, in a drawing where students and staff members earned a chance to win for every 30 labels they submitted.