Published February, 21 2017
Volume 1, Number 2

Pleasanton 5th Annual Run for Education

By Tina Hansen
Pulse Writer

One of the many reasons Hacienda is such a desirable place to live is the local school system. But like all schools, the key to their success is community involvement.  That is where Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation (PPIE) plays such an important role in its fundraising efforts that bridge the gaps in Federal and State funding.

Most public schools have to raise funds to supplement paying for supplies, equipment, and school activities and one of PPIE’s main fundraising efforts is its annual Run for Education being held on April 23, 2017.

This year is the 5th Annual Run for Education, and the goal is to raise $100,000 net revenue, which entirely goes to fund Pleasanton schools and teachers to create a great classroom experience for students.

“Our 5th Annual Run for Education is expected to draw well over 3,000 people and is a wonderful opportunity to both support our schools and to have a great time with friends, family and the entire community,” notes Steve McCoy-Thompson, Executive Director of PPIE.

Last year PPIE presented the Pleasanton Unified School District with a donation of $570,000 and money raised from the Run for Education event was the primary source of that donation.

The PPIE foundation has raised funds to help protect programs, pay for projects and enhance the educational experience for students in the Pleasanton Unified School District for more than 30 years, serving nearly 15,000 students annually and over 800 teachers and administrators.

The school district is known not only on a regionally and state-wide level but on a national level as well. Over the years, PPIE’s goals have had to evolve to meet the expectations and maintain the high quality of education the community and parents expect. Their new goals reflect their vision to broaden and protect programs and projects that will keep the school and students competitive.

The Run for Education has three different courses, a 5K, a 10K and a 15K, which all start and finish at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.  The 5K course will go under the Pleasanton arch, through downtown Pleasanton and back to the fairgrounds. The 10k loop will showcase the beautiful Marilyn Kane Trail, Pleasanton parks and neighborhoods. The 15k will be the 5k route followed by the 10k route. There will be plenty of aid and rest stations along the courses. Walkers and running strollers are encouraged to participate as well.

There are also a Kids’ Challenge races where kids can choose to run a 1K or 1/2K course, or run both distances for the price of one. There will also be fun activities for kids at the expo.  The finish line is at Alameda County Fairgrounds where you can cheer on the runners and hear their names as they cross.  

Following the race, participants and spectators can enjoy food, fun and a surprise ‘flash mob’ events at the post-race Expo. It is a great way to spend a Sunday being fit and having fun with family members and friends to support education. A wide range of volunteer opportunities and sponsorship levels are available.

“The reason Pleasanton schools are among the very best in California is because of the active support of our parents.  PPIE and our local PTAs work closely together to raise funds, which go directly to the classroom, to ensure that high quality,” adds McCoy-Thompson.

For more information, please visit www.ppierun.com for details.