As some of you may know, I’m the ballet teacher and co-founder of the Dance program at Seaside Neighborhood School. Our school is a public charter school nestled in the heart of beautiful SEASIDE®. It is an honor to work as a teacher at SNS; we have an incredible group of students, staff, and parents who give so much of themselves to help us offer students the best academic and cultural opportunities possible. Many people think that you have to live in Seaside to attend our school, but that is not the case. Our school is open to incoming 5th – 12th grade students who are residents of surrounding counties, to apply they may sign up for the lottery, which randomly selects students.
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Our school’s biggest fundraiser is the annual Seaside Neighborhood Half Marathon & 5k. It is a HUGE community event and brings more than 3,000 runners from around the country. Every year it is a weekend of fun, excitement, and energy that lights up our town!
For those of you in the area or participating in the race, I wanted to share with you a fun (and tasty!) event you don’t want to miss on Friday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. It is the “Taste of the Race” featuring the culinary work of Chef Emeril Lagasse and 20 top chefs from the Gulf Coast. Live music will kick off the event. No worries about inclement weather, this event takes place under a climate controlled tent.
We are thankful to Emeril and all of our wonderful sponsors, parents, and volunteers for making this event possible. Our students are also volunteers! NOTE: The money raised from the race allows SNS students to have elective mentored classes in gardening, music, art, technology, dance, yearbook, smaller math classes, and an award winning robotics program.
You may register for this exciting event at Taste of the Race over here.
Speaking of gardening, we have a beautiful school garden, cared for by our students and gardening teacher, who teaches a wonderful gardening class! It was my daughter’s favorite class last year. Emeril has been a big supporter of our school and a few years ago came to visit our garden and cook for our students.
He cooked using the vegetables from our school garden : )
You can’t see it, but all the local TV stations and newspapers were on the far right of the student body.
The gardening class had the honor of tasting Emeril’s cooking.
This is just one of many types of culturally enriching and educational events we enjoy providing our students. And it’s all thanks to the funding from our Seaside Neighborhood School Half Marathon & 5k.
Hope to see you at Taste of the Race! To sign up for this event, simply click on the image below.