The community is invited to take a run, or walk, and top it off with Belgian waffles all in an effort to send some Kingsland students to Costa Rica.

"What better way to celebrate Father's Day weekend than joining all your family and friends for a fun run - yes, you can walk the course - on the beautiful Spring Valley walking trail, then ending your outdoor adventure with Dad's Belgian Waffles?" asked Tracey Smith.

She is co-organizer of the Kingsland Spanish class's Costa Rica 5K Fun Run/Walk and Dad's Belgian Waffles breakfast, on the calendar for Saturday, June 14. The event is a fundraiser for a trip the students may choose to take to Costa Rica June 15 through 23, 2015.

According to Smith, members of the Kingsland High School Spanish class have "a unique opportunity" to tour Costa Rica next summer, but they must first raise $2,265 per student, and they chose to get their fundraising literally off to a running start this spring and summer with the breakfast featuring regionally-famous Dad's Waffles - offering all you can eat waffles, sausages, toppings and beverages - and a trot around Spring Valley's eastern perimeter.

The rain-or-shine run/walk's route will begin at the high school in Spring Valley and continue onto the walking trail, down to Willow Park and back to the high school. Participants may choose to run or walk half or the entire course.

"Spring Valley and surrounding communities have had these types of events in the past, and they've proved to be good fundraisers because you're spending quality time with family and friends at a freshening, relaxing outdoors activity and topping off the day with a fabulous breakfast," said Smith.

The students have held gift basket sales during February's Kingsland home sporting events, held a tip night at The Pizza Place, sold Baker's Square pie gift cards in March and April, are holding a rummage sale this month, have the run-walk and breakfast set for next month, a car wash planned for July, something special during Ag Days in August, and are setting up their 2015 school year fundraisers.

Smith hopes that the fundraising efforts teach the students teamwork as they help serve or work alongside their parents and prepare to explore another country on an educational tour.

"Parents have been supportive by organizing the fundraisers and the kids involved in fundraising work each event or activity," said Smith. "It's going to take all of us to make this a successful event, including selling advance tickets for the breakfast and early registration for the run/walk. Most definitely, we will need all hands on deck."

Breakfast organizer Kelly Larimer noted, "It will be a unique first-time event to be held at the Kingsland High School Café, and we hope to make it fun for everyone, not just the kids and parents working the breakfast, but those that come to support the Spanish class."

Smith and Larimer expressed their appreciation to those who will lace up their running shoes or tuck in some waffles. Smith concluded that they appreciate the Kingsland community, family and friends supporting the Kingsland High School Spanish Class in all the ongoing fundraising efforts.

The Kingsland Spanish class's Costa Rica Fun Run 5K Run/Walk is set to take off on Saturday, June 14, with the run starting at 8 a.m. and the walk at 8:15 a.m. Registration forms may be obtained from Kingsland Spanish instructor Mollie McMahon, at the Spring Valley Tribune office or online at

Registration forms and a $20 fee must be submitted by May 23 to secure a Fun Run t-shirt. The breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. and last until noon in the Kingsland High School Café in Spring Valley. Non-refundable, advance tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger, and tickets are also available at the door. Carry-outs will be available.