UCS parapro runs to more than 40 schools in the Utica District

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published January 25, 2021

 Steve Kasriel Laskowski, a paraprofessional within Utica Community Schools, spent his Saturday  on Jan. 9 running to all of the district’s buildings to show his support for students, staff and  parents during a difficult school year due to COVID-19.

Steve Kasriel Laskowski, a paraprofessional within Utica Community Schools, spent his Saturday on Jan. 9 running to all of the district’s buildings to show his support for students, staff and parents during a difficult school year due to COVID-19.

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — A Utica Community Schools paraprofessional announced that he would be attempting to run to every school in the district and invited people to cheer him on while he ran Jan. 9.

Steve Kasriel Laskowski, a parapro within the Utica Community Schools district, spent that Saturday running to more than 40 Utica Community Schools buildings.

Before Christmas, Laskowski, who has been running for a year and a half, had the idea to start running to some of the schools and small businesses in the area.

He then decided to try it again by running to all of the schools and asked people to wave, honk and show support as he ran, which they indeed did.

Laskowski ran a total of 52.45 miles during his run to the buildings.

He said he decided to run to show support for the students, teachers, staff and parents who will take part in the second half of the 2020-21 school year.

“My goal was to share my heart, respect and support for what I believe is the greatest school district. We have great teachers and staff members from various positions. I also wanted to share my heart and support to all the students and their parents,” he said in an email interview.

Laskowski is currently a parapro at Davis Junior High School and has been a parapro for over a year. He subbed as a parapro before that and worked as a student age child care supervisor at Collins Elementary School before he became a parapro. He also works a couple of weekends a month at the control center since 2016.

He said that during the tough times the community is facing, he wanted to show support while also doing what he enjoys.

“As a paraprofessional with the district, I wanted to take the opportunity to share support and positivity to our staff, students and parents during these times. I enjoy running and wanted to theme my running miles to support the local schools, businesses and first responders. I just began running a little over a year and a half ago, for health reasons, and (have been) enjoying it ever since I began,” he said.

He said that while running, his main focus was keeping a pace.

“What I was thinking about was keeping on schedule, thinking about my route and knowing I had a student waiting to run with me from Bemis (Junior High School) to Ford (High School),” he said.

Laskowski has already done some guest speaking in the district about his run.

“(Laskowski) was a guest speaker in junior high health and PE classes today. He spoke about his journey, setbacks and his accomplishments. The students love him,” Erin McNamara Chambers, a physical education and health teacher at Shelby Junior High School, said in an email Jan. 14.

Laskowski said he isn’t sure whether he will be doing the run again next year; however, he already had plans to run again this month.

“Right now, I am hoping to do a run for MLK Day,” he said.

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