Olympic gold medalist Keshia Baker joined members of the Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School faculty and officials from the Los Angeles Unified School District Dec. 10 to spotlight the Venice school’s efforts toward building a new track and field.
An Olympic sprinter who won a gold medal in the 4-by-400-meter relay at the 2012 London Games, Baker displayed her medal to the children and jogged a few laps around the field, which is in need of repair, according to school officials.
“How gracious, amazing, patient and giving (Baker) and the Olympians were,” said Heather Kahler, whose son attends Coeur d’Alene. “Endless parents and children were coming up to them and they were always smiling, always encouraging.
“It was really nice to see some fantastic examples of excellence at our campus to inspire both the children and the parents.”
Fundraising is underway to build a new track and field facility. The school is competing in a nationwide competition to win funding from the Clorox Company’s Power A Bright Future grant program.

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