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Logos Academy raises $8K at 2nd annual Community and Cops 5K

Rebecca Klar
York Dispatch

Logos Academy raised about $8,000 for student scholarships at a 5K run on Saturday, Oct. 20, in memory of a former York City Police chief.

"Every year at Logos Academy we're giving out over $2 million in scholarships so kids can afford to attend Logos Academy," said the Rev. Aaron Anderson, CEO of Logos Enterprises and head of school at Logos Academy. "We're not a charter school, we're an independent school and end up raising most of our budget each year. So this allows us to make sure that Logos can be affordable for the students."

About 145 participants ran the route, which started and ended at the school, located at 250 W. King St. 

School co-founders Traci Foster, front left, and Connie Rae, back left, and music teacher Christine Musser, right, greet sixth-grader Aja Bones, front center, and fourth-grader Imagine Bones, as school staff, community members and parents gather to welcome and celebrate students as they arrive for their first day of school at Logos Academy in York City, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. The academy is in its 20th year and has 265 students enrolled for the 2017-2018 school year. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The 5K was followed by an awards ceremony and block party. 

There was also a free Mile Fun Run before the 5K. 

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This was Logos Academy's second annual Community and Cops 5K Run.  Last year's Community and Cops 5K Run raised $10,000 for student scholarships, said Otto Monroy, Logos director of advancement. 

Rev. Aaron Anderson, Logos Academy

Wayne Ruppert: The event is held in honor of the late Chief Wayne Ruppert.

Ruppert was a World War II Navy veteran who was named York City Police chief in 1974. He died in 2010 at the age of 84. 

"Chief Ruppert was kind of a model police officer who was willing to walk the beat, if you will, and just had a way — from what we've been told — just a way of working with young people," Anderson said.

Part of the money raised from the race will go toward a long-term endowed scholarship fund in Ruppert's name, Monroy said. 

Other funds raised by the race will go toward immediate scholarship money for Logos students, he said. 

Kindergarteners Sicelia Brillhart, 5, left, and Milliany Geronimo-Williams talk during lunch at Logos Academy in York City, Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

The event also aimed to bring the police community and general community together, Anderson said. 

"This is a way that people come together in a fun environment, doing something together and doing some physical exercise — which all of us need," he said. "And it helps just take another step toward building relationships with each other."