Foothills Christian Academy in Backus has used a variety of methods to raise awareness and tuition funds for the school. At 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, the school will host a family 5K fun run going north on the Paul Bunyan Trail for that same purpose.

“We're going to be entering our fourth year of operation at the school. Since it is a small, private school, financing is always an issue for us,” said School Board President Dennis Pluimer. “We keep looking for creative fundraising events. A few of us came up with this notion of sponsoring a run. A lot of people like to walk and run. These 5K races seem to be pretty popular.”

Though the school has raised over $10,000 for student tuition already, the event is free to attend. The proceeds have primarily come from sponsors, seven of whom donated $1,000 or more and others who have donated smaller, but still significant, amounts.

“That will be our biggest fundraiser we've ever had,” Pluimer said. “There will be more money coming in. We decided to open it up as a free race. There is no entry fee, but we would appreciate free will donations.”

The first 100 to register will receive an event T-shirt with sponsor names. After paying for these shirts and event expenses, remaining proceeds will go toward tuition.

“Our goal is to have people turn out, have fun and get a little publicity for the school and see what we are up to over there,” Pluimer said. “We're very grateful the way the school is operating. It's going well and kids are progressing as far as state standards. We are learning and we have a staff of very dedicated teachers. That's really important.”