Tuesday Oct 07 2008
Teacher takes lead in fundraising run
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
He's mad about running
Physical education teacher Dustin Fee loves to run. “When you’ve been running competitively as long as I have you just can’t stop,” Fee said. Fee, 25, a new P.E. teacher for the Loomis Union School District, plans to run in the MandaRun on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Franklin Elementary School and is encouraging all of his students to participate. The MandaRun is sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation to raise funds to support educational goals for the seven schools in the district. The event includes a 5K, 10K, Fun Run and Kid’s 1/4-mile event. “I’ll be running it with my cross country team, because I lead by example. MandaRun will be a great opportunity to socialize while promoting physical fitness,” he said. Fee, who has been running since third grade, teaches at Penryn and H. Clarke Powers schools. He was a state qualifier in track and cross country at Placer High School and earned a college scholarship. Now, he works with students to help them become “lifelong” participants in physical activities. Proceeds from last year's run, which drew hundreds of participants, were used to fund grant requests for teachers and a parent volunteer for school programs throughout the district. The Education Foundation awarded $11,000 in grant money. Jenine Windeshausen, who is the Placer County treasurer-tax collector, is coordinating MandaRun again this year. Windeshausen is also a member of the Education Foundation board of directors. Windeshausen is excited about this year’s race, which will be run along country roads including Laird, Cavitt Stallman, Barton, and Wells roads. MandaRun will start at Franklin School at 9 a.m., with registration and check-in beginning at 8 a.m. Windeshausen said the first 400 entrants in the 5K and 10K races will receive a T-shirt, water bottle and goodie bag. The T-shirts feature a drawing created by Jennifer Balfour, a seventh-grader at Placer Elementary School, who submitted the winning contest entry last spring. Kid’s race participants will all receive a ribbon. “We’re hoping for a big turnout so the foundation can fund this year’s grants. Those educational grants will benefit kids in the district,” Windeshausen said. Free after-race festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. at Frank-lin School. They include live music, snacks and a bounce house. According to the Edu-cation Foundation’s Web site, the group’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities and to support district goals “for the benefit of our children.” They are “committed to raising funds and community awareness that will directly benefit and support our local K-8 schools.” Entry forms for MandaRun are available at the school district office. Online registration is available through the Education Foundation Web site at www.lbef.net. As for P.E. teacher Fee, look for him on race day, leading the pack of runners by example.