Making the Grade: Raising money for education

A Memphis City School student saw a need, and this weekend she did her part to fill that need. She's Making the Grade with a 5k run she organized to help make sure there are always enough books in the libraries of all city schools. Shruti Shah is a sophomore at White Station High School with a keen interest in politics. She's concerned about the way Memphis leaders are handling the city's budget crisis, particularly funding for education. What she did was encourage roughly 200 people to participate in Sunday's race, including City School Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson and school board member Tomeka Hart. Shruti hopes the registration fees from race participants, along with about $16,000 in private donations she managed to raise will come to tens of thousands of dollars, a drop in the bucket of the district's $30 million budget shortfall. "I think every little bit helps, so this is just one way I can help, and hopefully, I can make this an annual thing." It's help that's greatly appreciated in these cash strapped days.