Bryant Park in Lake Worth was awash in a sea of heroes as more than 550 people laced up their kicks at the first annual 5K Heroes for Education Race, Walk and Student Fun Run on Nov. 15.
The event brought the community out in droves and raised nearly $10,000, with every dollar going toward funding classroom supplies and school programs for Palm Beach County schools through the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County.
“Every registration dollar is going back to the school the registrant designated when they signed up,” said Teresa Dabrowski, development director for the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. “The principal and teachers decide where the money goes depending on their needs.”
Runners, walkers and all of their cheering fans were up near the crack of dawn (7:30 a.m.) for the 3.1-mile race that sprawled through Bryant Park. Along the way there were food trucks and music for participants to enjoy.
“I think runners and participants loved seeing the community come together to support each other,” Dabrowski said. “A variety of schools, teachers, business leaders, school board members from all around Palm Beach County. The warmup by Royal Palm Beach CrossFit got everyone energized and warmed up for the race.”
All participants received a race T-shirt and props for being good deed doers. Awards were presented to the overall male and female winners along with winners in other categories.
The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, a non-profit 501(c)3, was founded in 1984 and is dedicated to advancing excellence in Palm Beach County’s public education. The organization strives to meet the needs of unfunded gaps in education.
The Foundation invests in programs that are not funded by tax dollars, such as student scholarships, mentoring and dropout prevention strategies. They also support teacher quality and recognition programs. They provide aid for literacy improvement strategies, technical/career education initiatives, and support for low-performing students and schools.
“We want to create an inspiring community and business support so we can invest in programs not funded through tax dollars including recognition programs, classroom grants, career academies, mentoring and other programs to help drive learning, literacy and leadership,” Dabrowski said.
For more information, visit www.educationfoundationpbc.com or call (561) 357-7659.