Canyons Education Foundation held its inaugural Virtual 5K Fun Run from Nov. 22-28. This event provided an opportunity for employees, families, students and the community to participate in a safe event that benefited the Canyons School District Connect Canyons initiative. Participants ran, walked, skipped and strolled for 3.1 miles for a good cause.
Over $6,500 was raised and all proceeds from the event will go toward providing technology equipment and Internet access for students in need, and toward the purchase of classroom streaming devices for teachers.
Each participant received a #TrotForTech runners’ bib and face mask to wear before, during and after the event. Participants that shared a photo of their 5k finish were entered into a random drawing for prizes. 25 participants were selected and notified.
All proceeds from the event will go toward providing technology equipment and Internet access for students in need, and toward the purchase of classroom streaming devices for teachers. Canyons is working with Internet providers to cover the cost of Internet service for economically disadvantaged students in the District, which is about $12 a month per family. According to a survey of Canyons’ students, 2,200 students self-reported that they do not have adequate Internet access. Of those, 1,200 are economically disadvantaged.
Canyons also plans to purchase 500 classroom streaming devices to enhance the capability of teachers to record their daily instruction for students who may not be able to attend class in person. The devices are $200 per classroom, and funds from the fun run would go toward that effort.
Learning is no longer confined to the four walls of a classroom, and Canyons is committed to providing all students with differentiated, blended and individualized learning opportunities – now and in the future.