Schools vie for top prizes at SPAR race- 17 Apr 2012 00:00:00
Prizes including a new laptop are up for grabs for the high school with the most pre-entries in the SPAR Women’s Challenge on 5th May, while R2,500 will go to the primary school that gets an “A” for its involvement.
As well as rewarding schools, the company with the most entrants will also leave the race R2,500 richer.
Lawson Brown has had a stranglehold on the high school challenge and aims to maintain its top spot with an eye on adding the Core Technologies laptop to its growing computer lab.
Teacher Natasha Swartz said the school usually fielded about 400 to 500 entrants, which also included past pupils, staff and parents.
To raise interest among pupils, Swartz said the teachers traditionally staged a fun “road show” prior to the event: ‘Male teachers put on their SPAR Women’s Challenge t-shirts and parade as drag queens for the rest of the school,’ she added.
All participating learners, including boys in drag, leave school early on the Friday before the race.
Total prize money for SPAR Eastern Cape’s flagship event, now in its 19th year, exceeds R25 000.