Shafter High School will be hosting its second annual GEEK Streak 5K Run on Jan. 23.

The run, titled GEEK Streak because runners are encouraged to wear their best geek attire, is a fundraiser used to help pay for student Advanced Placement (AP) tests.

According to April Martinez, Shafter High English AP teacher and AP Club advisor, last year the GEEK Streak 5K Run helped pay for all of the Shafter High students’ AP Exams.

“This event is important because all proceeds help pay for AP tests at Shafter High School. Also, it shows students in the AP program how much the school and community supports all of their hard work,” Martinez said. “With the rising costs of the AP exams, it was difficult for students to pay for all of the tests that they needed to take, so we found a way to support them and have fun doing it. With this event and the help of the community, we were able to pay for all AP tests last year.”

Both faculty and students said they liked how the community and school came together for a good cause.

According to Martinez all of the money raised by this event goes back to helping the students.

“Last year, we had a great show of support and the students and adults who participated had a great time. It gives people a chance to wear their geekiest outfit for a good cause,” Martinez said. “The idea for the event came from a brainstorm session. We also sought logistical advice and help from Matthew Velasquez from the Shafter Running Club and from Shafter High’s cross country coaches, Darin Sundgren and Jordan Lewis.”

The course for the run begins at Shafter High School and ends at Mannel Park for a total of 3.1 miles. An award will be given to the best-dressed geek and the 1st place male and female finishers in each category.

For registration and race information visit Shafter High’s website http://shafter.kernhigh.org/.

Early Registration ends December 18, but registration continues up to the day of the event for an additional cost.

To sponsor or donate contact Martinez or Jadene Watson at 661-746-4961 or email them at april_martinez@kernhigh.org and jadene_watson@kernhigh.org.

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