Kuna Education Foundation hosted their first annual Fun Run last Saturday at the Kuna Middle School track with 62 participants. Reed Elementary had the highest teacher turn out. Superintendent Jay Hummel was also in attendance to support the foundation. Participants could choose between set goals that ranged from twice around the track to a 5k, or they could set their own goals. Dave Lyon set a goal of six miles, which he completed to honor a promise to his daughter. Troy Townsend brought in the highest amount in pledges raising $90. KEF raised nearly $1,000 during the Fun Run event.
“I feel that this kick-off event was a huge success in that we had a large crowd of participants that two months ago probably didn’t even know we existed,” said Courtney Shearer President of KEF. “Now, we are becoming part of the community and have been able to visit each of the schools to spread the word about the Foundation. We are so grateful to the community for helping us make this event a success. We can’t wait to watch the annual Kuna Family Fun Run grow.”
Almost half of the money raised was thanks to a very successful raffle. Businesses around Kuna and the Treasure Valley were very generous in donating prizes that peaked interest in buying tickets. This included Sunshine Preschool donating a one-year paid tuition. Other local business that donated include water and donuts supplied by Paul’s Market, UPS Store, El Gallo Giro, Fiesta Guadalajara, Firehouse Grill, Black Canyon popcorn, Domino’s Pizza, Anytime Fitness, Behind the Chair, Farmstead, and Moxie Java.
During the Fun Run event KEF donated a $12,000 check to the Kuna Middle School towards the purchase of 32 Chrome books and a tech cart. We have this start up funds from an anonymous donor who gave designated funds among which was money for the Middle School and operational costs to get the foundation going.