00:00 AM - June 22, 2017
On the first day of the Fair, over 25 kids of all ages participated in the 1K Kids’ Fun Run where they 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 ribbons. When asked why he liked running, six-year-old Dylan Sorenson of Indian Creek Elementary stated, “It’s because of baseball!” His mother chimed in to say, “He loves to run.”
Running bib lanyards were donated by Placerville CHP, and School and Resource Officer, Ian Hoey, attended the race, “This event is a wonderful way to promote healthy activity, and it is enjoyable to watch the kids have such a great time. We enjoy a strong partnership with EDCOE and our schools to help students stay safe in positive environments.”
The fun continued for the next three days as Golden Star Students Award winners from all over the County came to the EDCOE booth to collect their prize and take photos in the photo booth. At the end of every school year, EDCOE gives Golden Star Student Awards to students in the County 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.
Lelia Marks brought her sons to the Fair on Saturday - where Alex Steele received his Golden Star Student prizes. "I was really excited to come to the Fair and see what we got! I love my beach ball!" he exclaimed. Both boys attend Buckeye Elementary School, where Christopher Steele goes to 4th grade, and Alex Steele goes to 3rd grade.
The EDCOE booth also served as a resource for families regarding local education. On Saturday, Dr. Manansala volunteered at the EDCOE booth to hand out prizes and expressed, “I would like to thank the volunteers, staff, educators, and administrators from EDCOE and the school districts whose volunteer efforts made this booth a success. This program would not be possible without them or our sponsors – Carter-Kelly Inc., Broadridge Financial Solutions, and Valley Pizza Inc. – Round Table Pizza.”
For more information about EDCOE, visit www.edcoe.org
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