Kids’ Fun Run and Golden Star Student Awards Showcase Students at the Fair

Kids’ Fun Run and Golden Star Student Awards Showcase Students at the Fair

00:00 AM - June 25, 2019

Runners strike a pose before the Kids Fun Run with County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala.

After the official El Dorado County Fair Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, children participated in the 1K Kids’ Fun Run and raced against County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ed Manansala, along a course that weaved around the fairgrounds. For some runners, it was their first time; others had been participating for years. After the race, runners received El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE) water bottles and congratulatory medals.

The fun continued for the entire weekend as Golden Star Student Award winners from across the county came to a large booth in the Mattress Firm (Forni) Building to collect prizes and take photos in the photo booth. At the end of every school year, EDCOE grants Golden Star Student Awards to those who have demonstrated their commitment to learning, becoming well-rounded, and giving back. More than 5,000 students received an award certificate and a complimentary pass to the El Dorado County Fair. Individual schools determined criteria to recognize up to 20 percent of their student body. The criteria may have included scholastic achievement, outstanding citizenship, significant educational improvement, athletics, performing arts, community service, attendance, and more.

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Runners stretch before the big race.

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EDCOE’s Jesus Cordova helps to make sure every student finishes.

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School district and EDCOE volunteers greet Golden Star Student winners all weekend.

Kierstin Parker from Union Mine High School received her Golden Star Student Award and visited the booth on opening day. She enthusiastically collected her prizes and noted, “I very much appreciate this program that celebrates hard work done throughout the school year. My peers are always so excited when they receive an award – we look forward to it each year!”

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Union Mine High School’s Kierstin Parker proudly shows off her Golden Star Student sticker.

Every year, the Active 20-30 Club of Placerville, Hangtown #43 donates enough of their famous Fair tacos, so every single Golden Star Student who visits the booth receives one. “We are all about the kids in our community service club and enjoy doing what we can to help out. Every year at this Fair, I am always impressed by the outpouring of community support and volunteers who make this booth possible. The money we raise goes to helping kids in other ways throughout the year,” said the Club’s Past-President Ryan West. For more information about the club and to connect, find their page on Facebook.

The Golden Star Student booth also served as a resource for families regarding local education and taught students valuable information regarding tobacco use prevention. County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ed Manansala expressed, “I would like to thank the school district volunteers, EDCOE team and family members whose volunteer efforts made this booth a success. This program would not be possible without them or the support provided by our generous sponsors – Carter-Kelly Inc., Broadridge’s printing services, Girard, Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP, Ski Air, Placerville Active 20-30 Club – Hangtown #43, Sign Banner Print, and Valley Pizza Inc. – Round Table Pizza. EDCOE also appreciates a strong partnership with the Fairgrounds Team and acknowledges their hard work to produce this annual community celebration.”

For more information about EDCOE, visit