Paws for a Cause
What It's About
The 6th annual “Paws for a Cause” 5K Fun Run was sponsored by the Student Nurse Organization at St. David’s School of Nursing at Texas State University and raises funds to help facilitate the purchase of properly fitting shoes for underserved school age children.
From 2011-2012, as part of a research project, students of St. David’s School of Nursing worked with Georgetown Independent School District elementary school nurses to collect data on playground injuries. The nursing students found a strong correlation between playground injuries and improperly fitting shoes. In 2012 the first annual run raised enough to acquire ninety pairs of shoes for Georgetown ISD.
The 2016 fundraiser raised money to buys shoes for Round Rock ISD's unaccompanied youth. “According to Round Rock ISD, unaccompanied youth includes young people who have been separated from their parents for a variety of reasons. For many of these young people, leaving home is a survival issue. Unaccompanied youth may lack a variety of resources while attending public school. The nursing students strive to meet these community needs,” (RRISD).
“We wanted to give back to the Round Rock community while promoting the health benefits of exercising. The 5K gives people a chance to get out there and run for a good cause; the best thing about the run is “the energy and smiles of all the volunteers and runners and dogs working together for a good cause.”
-- Co-faculty sponsors Ms. Shawn Boyd and Ms. Marylyn Kajs-Wyllie
The 2017 Paws for A Cause 5k was held on Saturday April 1st. All the volunteers on hand during the race were either junior- or senior-class students, faculty, or staff from St. David’s School of Nursing. The Fun Run was open to the public and all registered participants received a t-shirt. Please visit our website next year to participate in this wonderful cause!