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Lights on for school


September 13, 2019

A crowd gathers before the Sept. 6 Light Up the Night race Friday, Sept. 6. Between the various sources, the race raised close to $8,500 for the school (before expenses). Contributed photos.

A total of 190 runners gathered last Friday night, wearing their best glow-in-the-dark bling, to run for wellness and raise money for Washington Elementary School. It was the school's sixth annual "Light Up the Night" run, and this year people could choose between running a 1K (basically around the school block) or a 5K. Principal Robbi Mondati told Cloquet school board members Monday that the event was a great success, with fabulous weather and their biggest crowd yet. "A lot of staff put a lot of time into making it happen," she said. Although final figures aren't known yet, the silent auction took in about $1,500, sponsorship was $5,000 and registration fees were over $2,000, Mondati said Wednesday. The money will go to support the school's backpack program and PIE (Partners in Education) group.

Brisa Nelis (left) and Emma Williams show off their light-up glasses and necklaces galore before the race Friday.


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