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Copley-Fairlawn Schools Foundation 5K, Fun Run set for Aug. 2

7/24/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

COPLEY — The Copley-Fairlawn Schools Foundation’s fifth annual 5K and Fun Run will take place Aug. 2 during the Copley Heritage Day  festival.

The event, which will begin and end at Copley-Fairlawn Middle School, 1531 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, featured approximately 100 runners last year, said foundation board member Lorraine Signore.

“We have a lot of families run together along with many of our students,” she noted.

According to Signore, the 5K and Fun Run is an important event for the foundation.

“The 5K and Fun Run is a way for the foundation to promote wellness and family fun while raising awareness of what we, as a foundation, provide to the Copley-Fairlawn City School District,” she stated. “The purpose of the 5K and Fun Run is to raise monies for classroom grants and scholarships for graduating seniors of Copley-Fairlawn Schools.”

The cost to take part in the 5K is $20 per person in advance or $25 on race day, or $60 for a family, Signore said, and the cost to enter the Fun Run is $10 per person.

“People can sign up online at www.active.com or sign up the day of the event,” she said. “If they are signing up the day of, they should plan to arrive promptly at 7 a.m. to ensure they are signed up for the run.”

Preregistration for both events will begin at 7 a.m., with the Fun Run starting at 8 a.m. and the 5K getting underway at 8:30 a.m.

Prizes will be awarded in the 5K to the top overall male and female runners, and also to the top three finishers in each of the following age groups: 10 and under, 11 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and 60 and older. All participants will be entered into a raffle for door prizes at the awards ceremony.

One new addition this year, Signore noted, is a logo contest for students.

“We held the logo contest during the school year and asked students to design a logo for both the 5K and the Fun Run T-shirts that we give to our runners,” she said. “This being our first year to do a logo contest, we had approximately 20 entries for all of the schools — elementary, middle school and high school.”

This year’s winners were as follows: Joshua Hofacker, 5K T-shirt (front); Hope Strodtbeck, 5K T-shirt (back) and Fun Run T-shirt (back); and Luke Yuan, Fun Run T-shirt (front).

“Each of our winners combined education, running, Copley pride and creativity to the winning designs,” Signore said. “Each winner receives the T-shirt they designed, along with a gift certificate from Sweet Frog.”

Signore said the 5K and Fun Run is a good way to spend an afternoon while also helping to assist the Copley-Fairlawn City School District.

“Everyone is invited and welcome to join the fun while raising monies for classroom grants and scholarships,” Signore said. “What makes the foundation unique is that we provide an opportunity for all students who attend to benefit from the classroom grants. From elementary to middle school to high school, we have the ability to assist throughout the entire school community. The foundation awards classroom grants for educational projects throughout the district. The foundation also awards numerous scholarships to graduating seniors.”

During the 2013-14 school year, Signore said, the foundation provided $2,650 in grants and awarded $32,000 in scholarships. A link naming the scholarship winners over the past several years can be found at www.copley-fairlawn.org/Page/2824.

“The 5K and Fun Run is just one of several fundraising events,” she noted. “Each year, we hold a number of fundraising events, such as the 5K and Fun Run and Golfing for Education in June, along with a Throw-In for Education in October and our Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction being held Nov. 14.”

Signore said the foundation is putting together its membership drive this year, which will show up in mailboxes around the first week of August.

“Every dollar we raise goes right back to the students of Copley-Fairlawn City Schools,” she said. “The foundation is proud to be able to support the district’s mission of excellence in education and be an integral part of the educational tradition of high standards and excellent outcomes we expect at Copley-Fairlawn City Schools.”

For more information about making a donation or participating in an upcoming event, visit the Copley-Fairlawn Schools Foundation’s website at www.copley-fairlawn.org/cfsfoundation.

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