Alumni, parents, and staff members of both District 203 and 204 have signed up to give back to the schools by running in this year’s marathon.
The Naperville Education Foundation and the Indian Prairie Educational Foundation have both teamed up with Edward Hospital as charity partners.
“We couldn’t be more excited! What a great opportunity to really raise awareness and raise funds for our organization. We’ve got 31 runners that signed up then to run with us and be party of TEAM IPEF and it has been absolutely incredible how involved they’ve gotten and the enthusiasm they’ve shown,” said Susan Rasmus, Executive Director for IPEF.
“We have six schools within the Naperville School District 203 that have staff that are participating in the marathon which is very very cool. We also have the Superintendent Dan Bridges who’s running which is fabulous. It’s so heartwarming to have that kind of support from the area and the community and the school,” said Ann E. Spehar, Executive Director of NEF.
Team NEF will be putting all of the donations back into school programs including the Kid Booster Anonymous Fund, the Breakfast Program, and the Study Skills Academy.
Team IPEF will also be distributing the money back into district-wide programs, but their fundraising has turned into more of a competition.
“With all of our runners we gave them an opportunity to select a school that they wanted to run for so whatever money that they raise, half will go back to support IPEF and half will go directly into those specific school the runners are representing,” said Rasmus. “We added a little twist to it all because we knew we had some competitive spirit in the room. So for our runners the top three in Team IPEF the top runner will get $500 back in their school and second will get $200 and third $100 that the foundation is throwing in in addition to what they’ve already raised and with that it’s been fun to watch.”
This inter-team competition is definitely helping the district reach new community members as 300 first time donors have contributed to Team IPEF’s total, which now stands over $18,000.
“I’m pumped up because we are running right here on Seiler Drive. This is my home field, I’m calling it, and I’m just so excited and telling them to go out and cheer for me and cheer for the runners be there to support us. Gregory’s got a Jazz band coming here, we’ve got the water station, and a lot of volunteers so I’m just really excited to be a part of this,” said Team IPEF member and third grade Spring Brook Elementary teacher Jackie Kohorn.
Both foundations are throwing a party the Friday before the marathon to energize and say thank you to the runners.
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