Run 4 Schools


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"Run 4 Schools" is a team to help the School Foundation, Inc. (DBA: Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools) accomplish its mission.


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Heather Vihstadt

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Run 4 Schools allows individuals to fundraise for the School Foundation, Inc. (DBA: Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools) in the pursuit of their personal athletic endeavors (i.e. marathon, 1/2 marathon, 10K). Run 4 Schools can motivate and inspire runners, knowing that funds raised will support of the foundation's mission and programs, which positively impact thousands of students annually.


The Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to enhance public education. Led by a Board of Directors comprising concernced citizens, parents, educators, business and civic leaders, we believe that a vibrant public school system is essential to the social and economic well-being of our community. Thanks to donors like you, since 2003, we have invested over $1,000,000 in student success through special projects and the following programs:

Classroom Grants provide invaluable resources for our local public schools. On an annual basis, the foundation provides support to educators district-wide for high impact, academically proven projects with solid implementation and evaluation plans. Funding priorities are:

◦ To provide tools for teachers, with an emphasis on technology and science

◦ To support art and music in classrooms

◦ To enhance community and parental involvement in our schools

Activity Fee Scholarships have directly benefited nearly 4,000 local middle and high school students in need by providing financial aid for participation fees associated with sport/club activities. Studies show that investing in after-school programming yields a high return to society in reduced juvenile crime and at risk behaviors. Such programs also enhance student achievement with improved school attendance, betterment of test scores, higher graduation rates, increased likelihood to pursue college, and the development of positive peer/mentor relationships. Additional benefits for these activities include advocacy of healthy lifestyles.


In respect to the Run 4 Schools fundraiser, runners are simply asked to register for a race (at their own expense), to create a customizable fundraising page (foundation staff can provide assistance), and to appeal to their colleagues, friends, and family members via email and social media. Though Razoo will provide donor acknowledgments for tax-deductible contributions, and the Education Foundation for Bend-La Pine Schools will gladly send appreciation letters, fundraisers are encouraged to write personal thank you notes and to update their donors about their training progress and the race itself. Incentives for reaching various fundraising levels will be provided. Contact 541-355-5660 for more details!

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Heather Vihstadt Heather Vihstadt

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