Springville Ki­wa­nis Club raises money for schools through Sub for Santa 5K

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On Oct. 15, Springville High School was the scene of the fourth an­nual Sub for Santa 5K Run spon­sored by the Ki­wa­nis Club of Springville. More than 160 run­ners and walk­ers rang­ing in age from 7 to 75 gath­ered in the crisp morn­ing air at the start­ing line in the sta­dium. Adding to the crowd were an­other 25 vol­un­teers from the high school’s Key Club, the Ki­wa­nis Club and their fam­i­lies.

Mike LeFevre, newly in­stalled pres­i­dent of Ki­wa­nis Club of Springville, said, “This is an an­nual race that is put on for the chil­dren of Springville. We had over 160 run­ners that took to the course this year. This was dou­ble what we had last year. Lots of lo­cal busi­nesses do­nated funds and dozens of prizes to the project. All of the money that was raised went back to the lo­cal ele­men­tary schools to help fund projects that will ben­e­fit all of the chil­dren of Springville.”

Among the race win­ners were: First Fe­male, Neida Sum­sion with a time of 19:24; and First Male, Neimanan Bur­rows with a time of 18:18.

An im­por­tant fea­ture of the race is the part­ner­ing with ele­men­tary school PTAs to both raise funds and ben­e­fit chil­dren se­lected by their re­spec­tive schools. First, all the race fees at­trib­ut­able to a run­ner’s school are given back to that PTA to ben­e­fit school pro­grams. Sec­ond, if a school en­ters at least 50 run­ners, then that school can choose one child to re­ceive an or­thodon­tic “schol­ar­ship.” Three ele­men­tary schools en­tered more than 50 run­ners each: Rea­gan, Sage Creek and Maple­ton. The schol­ar­ships are do­nated by War­ren Or­thodon­tics, 688 W. 400 South, Springville.

Medals were given to the win­ners of the dif­fer­ent age groups. In ad­di­tion, more than 85 race prizes do­nated by lo­cal mer­chants were given out to the par­tic­i­pants in a draw­ing at the end of the race.

Ki­wa­nis Club of Springville was char­tered in 1921 and has been serv­ing the chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies of Springville con­tin­u­ously for 96 years. Ki­wa­nis is an in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts through­out the world.

Be­cause of the gen­er­ous sup­port of Springville’s pri­vate and cor­po­rate citizens, Ki­wa­nis Club of Springville is able to spon­sor the fol­low­ing lo­cal projects:

Springville’s Sub for Santa pro­grams, which in 2015 saw Springville neigh­bors vol­un­teer 1,500 hours of ser­vice to de­liver more than 12 tons of do­nated food to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need and Wal­mart gift cards to 725 chil­dren in Springville.

The Art City Days Chil­dren’s Art Fes­ti­val in­volv­ing more than 3,000 chil­dren in 2015.

The Springville High School Key Club con­sist­ing of al­most 100 stu­dents ac­tively en­gaged in serv­ing the school and com­mu­nity.

Schol­ar­ship pro­grams to rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tion of lo­cal stu­dents to the com­mu­nity.

Springville Com­mu­nity Cub Pack and Scout Troop 1456, a non-de­nom­i­na­tional Boy Scouts of Amer­ica pack and troop.

The lo­cal Head Start Read­ing Pro­gram.

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