More than 140 runners braved the unpredictable weather on March 29 and participated in the first Sugarloaf Stampede benefitting the Sugarloaf Station Foundation — a nonprofit organization that grants partial scholarships to students who attend the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp during the summer.
Students, parents, teachers, community members and their families ran or walked 5k, 10k and 10-mile courses on the El Dorado Trail and afterwards enjoyed food, vendors and raffle prizes.
The El Dorado County Office of Education organized the fundraiser and a combination of entry fees, event sponsors and supporters produced more than $17,000 for the foundation, which has awarded over $264,000 in scholarships in the last 14 years.
“Every day at EDCOE we strive to provide the children of El Dorado County with the highest quality of innovative education they deserve. Art is an imperative part of that well-rounded educational program, as it enriches the mind and fosters the creativity used by our children to accomplish personal goals and achievements in school and in our community,” said El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers.
“The hard work and participation during this event generated the chance for many more of our children to attend the camp and further cultivate their artistic expression,” said Meyers.
EDCOE also administers the Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp located at the Sly Park Environmental Education Center in Pollock Pines.
The camp celebrates its 53rd birthday this year and has hosted more than 6,400 young artists in the last 16 years. During the weeklong camp, students between grades five and 12 expand their skills in visual arts, theater, video, vocal, textile and various other arts such as photography.
Many El Dorado County teachers and camp alumni staff the camp and ensure attendees have the opportunity to explore new artistic experiences during regular and elective classes. There are 450 campers enrolled for this July.
For more information about the camp visit sugarloafcamp.org.
The El Dorado County Office of Education supports the 15 school districts in addition to the alternative instructional and post-secondary programs of El Dorado County and endeavors to deliver educational excellence through responsible cost-effective centralized services to meet
regulatory and educational standards in a safe, successful educational environment for all children.