Friday marked the end of the "Race for Education" at St. Mary's Academy, a charter school in Beeville.

More than 100 kindergarteners and first graders walked, skipped and danced along a path outlining the school playground Friday. They were eager to celebrate raising money for a new addition to the school.

"Students have been wanting desperately more swing sets, and so we checked and what they want is going to cost about $40,000," Superintendent Stan Simonson said.

Simonson said fundraisers are vital to a charter school like St. Mary's, so they found a way to get the word out about their cause.

"We sent home a sheet that has labels on it. We ask every child or every family to send back one sheet with the addresses of their friends, family," Simonson said.

Those letters then get mailed out extending passed Beeville to ask for money to help.

Amanda Gonzales' son attends the school and she said he was ready to gather donations, but the Race for Education means more to her than just a fundraiser.

"I always tell my son education is very important to learn, even though it's hard we have to do it still," Gonzales said.

The school has raised $25,000 of their $40,000 goal. They are planning another fundraiser to generate the remaining funds they need for new swing sets.

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