Fun Run to Replace Duck Pluck Festival

New year, fresh ideas, different twist.

The Natomas Schools Foundation’s major fundraiser this year will be an October community Fun Run designed to raise charitable funds through fun, healthy exercise that will appeal to residents of all ages.

The tentative date for the Fun Run is Oct. 15. Meanwhile, the foundation has plenty of work to do, including choosing the Natomas course, soliciting sponsors, and publicizing the charity event so runners can mark their calendars.

All money raised by Natomas Schools Foundation, including proceeds from the Fun Run, will be used to support academic, artistic, athletic, and other school-related activities of all students within Natomas Unified School District boundaries.

The Fun Run will replace the Natomas Schools Foundation’s annual Duck Pluck Festival, a community festival highlighted by a $100-a-ticket raffle giving participants a chance to win a top prize of up to $10,000.

If you are interested in sponsoring the Fun Run or want more information about it, contact Jim Sanders, Natomas Unified communications director, at 561-5267

NSF Continues ‘NextGen’ Computer Scholarships

Natomas Schools Foundation is continuing its longtime tradition of awarding Chromebook, laptop or desktop computers to local youth.

Applications for the foundation’s “NextGen Natomas” computer awards were due Feb. 11. Winners have not yet been announced.

The foundation’s goal is to help close the digital divide and assist honorees in achieving their academic and career objectives.

All Natomas youth are eligible, including foster and homeless students. They must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. They also must live within NUSD boundaries and attend – or plan to attend – a high school within the district.

Applicants are judged on academic performance and potential, leadership potential, service to others, and a need for a computer to improve or maintain their academic performance.

Dozens of computers have been given away by NSF in recent years. Many were used laptops and desktop models obtained at no cost from a coalition of the California Department of Technology, California Prison Industry Authority and Merit ePartners. NSF then refurbishes the computers and awards them as scholarship prizes.

As computers become available, NSF will distribute applications and set deadlines for returning them. Questions? Call Jenn Arechiga at 567-5430 or email her at jarechiga@natomasunified.org.