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March 14, 2012 (Lakeside) -- Join the Lakeside Union School District and the Lakeside PTA Council for the 14th annual Run for the Arts on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Lindo Lake Park.  Registration begins at 8am and the run/walk starts at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the award winning L-E-A-P arts education program in Lakeside District schools that provides artists-in-residence programs, field trips to view artistic performances and arts assemblies. For more information please call Sarah Grosskreutz at (619) 390-2662 ext. 425 or download entry forms at under the “News” section on the front page.  

Run for the Arts is a jog-a-thon/2 mile race, fun run/walk around Lindo Lake. It is a scenic, flat and shady course perfect for anyone and all age groups and families are encouraged to participate.  After the race, participants can enjoy delicious food  provided by the Lakeside Optimist, an arts festival, student art/performance showcase and a health fair with prizes and raffle sponsored by Parks and Recreation of San Diego County.  Run entry fees are $8 for youth through 17 years old and $15 for adults.  A family price is $38 for two adults and two children with $6 for each additional child. 

“Run for the Arts is a fun and easy way to give back to local schools,” said Sarah Grosskreutz, Run for the Arts organizer. “Due to continuous budget cuts, many schools have to eliminate art programs, field trips and any other extra activities. In Lakeside, we are very fortunate to have Run for the Arts - a fun, community event that raises funds and helps us keep quality programs in our schools.” 

A unique partnership exists between Lakeside Union School District and Young Audiences of San Diego.  The “Run for the Arts” funding provides an artist-in-residence at each Lakeside elementary and middle school site.  In 1999, Lakeside Education and Arts Partnership won the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell Award recognizing outstanding arts programs in California’s schools.  “Run for the Arts” was a Golden Bell Award winner in 2000. 

Recipient of multiple arts grants and donations, Lakeside Union School District continues in times of budget crisis to provide a wide variety of fine arts experiences for our students ranging from music, drama, dance and visual art.