Hesperia Christian School elementary students recently participated in the seventh annual "Race for Education" fund-raiser in which participants see how many laps they can run in an hour.


With parents and supporters watching, students ran lap after lap on the school's track which is shorter than a standard 400-meter oval in support of their school.


This year's top runners were sixth-graders Jacob Frobenius and Caleb Mineo, who both ran 30 laps, and Elaina Hays, a sixth-grade girl who ran 28.


The boy and girl from each class who ran the farthest received trophies with the top overall participants in the school receiving the largest.


"It's fun, and I like to run," said fourth-grader Kaitlyn Wheaton, who ran 25 laps. She added that she asked people to sponsor her "so I can help my school raise money."


Elaina Hays, a sixth grader who ran the most laps of any girl, said, "I run to have fun and support my school, and I want to run the most laps. I also like it when my family is there to cheer me on."


Second-grader Jordan Schulenberg, who ran 21 laps, said she ran "so we can earn money for our school. We get to run around and have fun."