The faculty, staff and students at Faith School have been hard at play recently, preparing for the school's annual fundraiser.
"Last year we had so many people come out and support us," Faith School's Executive Director Magan Carrasco said. "We're hoping to bring in even more money this year. Actually, we have already reached our goal."
Carrasco said the school's staff set a goal of $5,000 this year, with the idea of building a toddler playground. The one the school has now is great for kids older than two, but toddlers love to play outside as well. So the school has researched and found equipment for kids two years and under.
"We're so excited about this playground because it's going to help our little bitties get out and enjoy the pretty weather," she said. "And with such strong support from local businesses, we've already reached our goal. Now, everything we make is profit to help the school."
The parent organization, Parents of Faith Students (PFS), is heading up Saturday's events
"These parents really do a lot for the school," Carrasco said. "They are a large part of the reason we are able to keep our tuition low and an even bigger part of the enrichment at Faith School."
The event kicks off with a 5K and 1-mile fun run at 8 a.m. Saturday. Registration begins at 7 a.m. at Faith School (located on the Northwest Loop, across from McCoy's). Participants will receive a goodie bag and T-shirt. Carrasco said there are already more than 100 registered runners and walkers for the race.
There will also be an all-day arts and crafts show beginning Saturday morning. Carrasco said the group has all kinds of "fabulous handmade items" from paintings and other artwork to jewelry and home decor.
For those who just come for the food, there will be a concession stand serving breakfast tacos and hand-pressed hamburgers with Carrasco's famous seasonings.
"It's going to be a great community event," she said. "The weather is supposed to be beautiful, so everyone get the family together and come spend some quality time with us."