Shoes to Keep’em Running

Claudia House, track coast at Cascade Middle School, knows first hand the great need of our students for quality shoes when they join a sport. This year she applied for (and received) a grant from the Foundation to purchase shoes because too many of their athletes practice everyday in worn out shoes, shoes that are too small/big and shoes that are not made for running track.

Claudia wrote in her applications: “at least 20-30 students on our track team who show up for practice every day in shoes that are made for walking, not running. Shin splints and sore muscles are a constant issue we are dealing with.”

Below is an article Claudia submitted to the district’s online newsletter and school newsletter:

Two boxes of brand new running shoes arrived at Cascade just in time for 18 track athletes to get them ready for their second track meet this season. A $600 Excel grant from the Highline Schools Foundation was behind this exciting event. After students had applied for shoes and knew they had been selected as a recipient, they could barely wait to try on those running shoes they needed.

Luckily, Cascade was able to partner with Brooks, a local company who generously provided high quality running shoes for a low price. After students tried out their new shoes during track practice, there were a lot of comments like “I really like them, I can run better now.” From all track athletes at Cascade, a huge thank you to the Foundation and Brooks!

And a huge THANK YOU to everyone in the community who makes these excel grants possible through donations to the Highline Schools Foundation all year round. It’s exciting to see what we can accomplish when we work together!


If you are a teacher in the Highline Schools District and are interested in our Excel Grant program, you can find more information on our website. Grant requests are accepted each fall, and we announce the program on our website and Facebook page.

Since 1999, the Highline Schools Foundation has been supporting innovation and excellence in Highline Public Schools. Our funding priorities focus on programs to improve academic achievement, supporting college and career readiness, grants to teachers for engaging classroom projects, the arts, athletics, and programs that keep students in school and productive. Highline is a district full of need and opportunity. The Highline Schools Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to all schools in our district—our goal is to help as many students as possible be successful!

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