Lee's Summit Journal

Race for the Future raised more than $55,000 for Lee’s Summit charities

Nearly 950 runners and walkers registered for the 5K Race for the Future.
Nearly 950 runners and walkers registered for the 5K Race for the Future. Courtesy photo

Runners and walkers raise $55,000

Race for the Future, a 5K run/walk that took place Oct. 13 in Lee’s Summit, raised more than $55,000 for the Lee’s Summit Educational Foundation and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Nearly 950 runners and walkers registered for the 5K event, and an additional 140 participated in the Kid’s Dash or registered as Dream Partners. Roughly 100 volunteers assisted with the race.

Westview Elementary School won the prize for highest percentage of participation by staff and students, winning a traveling trophy and a $1,000 grant from the foundation. Sunset Valley Elementary came in second, earning a traveling trophy and $500 from the foundation. Third-place honors resulted in a $300 grant for Woodland Elementary, while Hazel Grove and Pleasant Lea elementary schools each earned $250 by tying for fourth place.

The Carrie Foresee Scholarship Fund was established in memory of a former Lee’s Summit High School student who died in 1996 after being injured in a car accident.

Red Ribbon Week fights drug abuse

Joined by the Kansas City Chiefs mascot KC Wolf, Greenwood Elementary School hosted the 2018 Red Ribbon Week community kick-off on Oct. 22 for the Lee’s Summit School District.

Red Ribbon Week, a national drug prevention campaign, reaches more than 80 million people each year across the country. This year’s theme is “Life is Your Journey — Travel Drug Free.”

Nutrition Council elects officers

Officers have been chosen for the Lee’s Summit School District’s Nutrition Council, a student group that promotes positive eating and exercise habits:

▪ President: Addison Ditamore, a sixth-grader at Sunset Valley Elementary School.

▪ Vice-president: Kristin Johnson, a fifth-grade student at Pleasant Lea Elementary.

▪ Secretary: Libby Twenter, a sixth-grader at Mason Elementary School.

Nutrition Council members serve as a liaison between students, school nutrition professionals and the administration. At meetings, students participate in taste testing, provide menu input and engage in nutrition activities. Students also contribute to discussions about event planning and food drives.