Olympic Gold Medalist to Visit Venice School

Elementary school is applying for a grant for a new field.

Keshia Baker, an olympic track & field athlete, will visit Coeur D’Alene Elementary School on Monday to promote a healthy lifestyle for children.

Baker is a 2010 NCAA outdoor and indoor collegiate champion and she ran in heats for the gold-medal winning 4x400m USA team in the 2012 Olympics. Her visit falls in conjunction with a grant that the school is applying for that will help it build a new track and replace the field.

At the moment, Coeur D’Alene is in eight place out of thousands of schools in the nationwide competition to win funding. The nomination with the most votes will receive $50,000, and nominations with the most votes in a category will receive $25,000. 

Coeur D’Alene will use the funds to install a track around the existing grass space, replace grass with Astroturf and renovate the playground.

Voting ends Dec. 19. To vote for Coeur D’Alene, click here. People can also submit a vote by text message by texting the keyword 1602pbf to number 95248.


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