“It’s really fun and awesome,” said fourth-grader Jaden German. “It’s running and getting exercise.”
Students asked friends and families to sponsor them for each lap they ran, and parent organizers lined up sponsorships. To date, they had raised $24,000 of their $40,000 goal, said co-chair Tracy Allen.
“We have a stack this big with pledges and checks,” Allen said. “We haven’t begun to look through them all.”
Principal Charlene Metoyer said the event empowered students.
“It’s so real because the kids are participating in making their school the best place to be,” she said. And because each grade ran for 20 minutes, there was no missed work, she added.
Parent volunteers counted laps and cheered on the runners, and firefighters from the Balboa Island station stopped by to run and show support.
“Can I run with you?” Engineer Erin Brown asked as she joined a student.
Gianni Floriani, 2 1/2, who attends preschool at Harbor View, ran with fire paramedic John Mollica.
“I caught hiim!” Gianni told his mother, Jordan Floriani.
“This is a great school event,” Floriani said.
“We love running,” said kindergartner Brock Paz.