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Runners zip past during the 2014 District 153 Fund Run. 
(HF Chronicle file photo)

Get ready to run, walk or make a dash in support of Homewood schools at the 2015 Fund Run on Sept. 20 hosted by Foundation 153.

“The annual Homewood Schools Fund Run is one of our favorite events of the year, bringing together students, faculty, parents, friends and community members to run and walk the beautiful streets of Homewood,” said Jennifer Quirke, president of Foundation 153.

Organizers hope to have 500 participants this year. Sign-up is ongoing at www.foundation153.org

There are three different events at this major fundraiser: the 5K run/walk, field games and the 153-yard kids dash. Organizers have designed the day’s activities around all age categories starting at 6 and younger and going up to 80 and older.

The activities are at the Hart/Millennium campus, 183rd Street and Aberdeen. Registration opens at 8 a.m.  The 5K kicks off at 9 a.m. and the kids dash is at 10 a.m. All participants will get a Fund Run T-shirt.

District 153 Superintendent Dale Mitchell has appeared in costume at the Fund Run.

“The only way for people to see what’s up Dr. Mitchell’s sleeve this year is to register at foundation153.org and participate!  And if you can’t be there, you can support the cause (and applaud Dr. Mitchell’s efforts) by sponsoring his run, again at the website,” said Shelley Peck, District 153 director of communications.

Foundation 153 volunteers put on this special event to raise funds that help continue underwriting various programs at Willow, Churchill, Millennium and James Hart schools that can not be funded through the District 153 budget.

With fewer state dollars supporting education, Fund Run dollars help keep Homewood schools strong academically, increase parent participation in the schools and are a way of raising community awareness about the great activities going on in District 153, Quirke noted.

“This year, all funds raised from the run will go toward faculty enrichment programs, with the ultimate goal of improving the most valuable resource in our district, our teachers and staff,” she said.

Registration is now open. The family rate is $70, or participation fees for 5K run/walk is $25 for adults, $20 for youth 17 and younger. Runners 12 and under will automatically be entered in the kids dash. There is a $10 fee for kids who only run the 153-yard dash.

Registrations submitted after Sept. 16 have a fee increase to $30 for adults and $25 for youth runners.

Online registration and additional information are at  http://foundation153.org/content/homewood-schools-fund-run

Volunteers are needed. If you can help, please send an email to [email protected]



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