A Great Day to Pay Tribute


Steven Lurie, brother of honored South African teacher Tracey Lurie-Sklar, speaks to some of the 5K runners.

Sunday was a special day.

Not only was it Nelson Mandela’s birthday, but also the annual Run for Teachers—a benefit 5K run in honor of Tracey Lurie-Sklar.

Tracey was a teacher who loved literature and poetry. She was an excellent athlete who’s inspired and passionate life served her English Lit students in Atlanta, Georgia, until her death in 2008 at 46 years old.

Upon her death, Tracey’s brother—Steven Lurie—began conceiving a tribute to her life. To honor the family upbringing in South Africa, and Tracey’s love for both teaching and sports, Steven devised the 5K Run for Teachers event and selected Teach with Africa as the beneficiary.

Sunday—the day the Nelson Mandela Foundation asked all citizens to donate 67 minutes to community service—was a gorgeous race day in San Francisco.

While this year’s Run for Teachers took place (with the largest field of runners yet), our current TwA fellows in South Africa were representing us across the world.

“Today we’re making a global connection,” said Executive Director Amy Schoew at the race awards ceremony. “Because of your support, we’re all a part of this worldwide movement for positive change.”

A special day, indeed.

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