One rockin’ run to benefit resource center
By Lori Lindner
North Liberty Leader
NORTH LIBERTY– More than 200 runners and walkers took to the streets of North Liberty on Saturday, May 18, to raise money for local families. The GPV PTO Rockin’ 5K Run/Walk and Little Rockin’ 1Mile Run was co-coordinated between Garner, Penn and Van Allen elementary schools in North Liberty.
The participants’ entry fees were donated to the North Liberty Family Resource Center, which has a location at each of the three schools.
The North Liberty Family Resource Center provides assistance to students and families by providing referrals to community resources, and works with families to overcome obstacles like food scarcity, homelessness and other difficulties, to ensure students come to school ready to learn.
The money raised at this event will help fund a variety of needs through the North Liberty Family Resource Center, including the Educational Fun Hour, which provides free tutoring to first through sixth grade students from Garner, Penn and Van Allen. Also, donations will help support lower income students by providing funds for field trips, winter wear, books and other basic needs.
“It was great to see the families come out and support the schools,” said volunteer Brandy Schroeder. “It was a neat event, to have all three schools working together. The whole family aspect was fun to see, kids running with parents and with siblings.”
The race was considered a fun run, so runners were not timed, but runners did compete for and receive prizes donated by local businesses and other sponsors. The fundraiser was so successful, said Penn parent and event coordinator Bonnie Pitz, that dates for next year’s event have already been set.
“We only had eight weeks to plan, but we had 231 participants. The success was great,” said Pitz. Numerous sponsors, a planning committee of six people and about 25 volunteers on race day were a big part of the decision to make this an annual event.
“It will be on May 17 next year,” Pitz added.
Event sponsors included: Lepic-Kroeger Matthew Lepic; Rage Grafix; BAM Productions; KXIC radio; 100.7 The Fox radio; State Farm Agent Adam Schechinger; Coralville Chiropractic Aaron Schroeder; River City Pilates; Lite Windows and Doors; Performance Fitness; Penn Elementary School PTO; Garner Elemetary School PTO; and Van Allen Elementary School PTO. After-race food was provided by Panera Bread, Hy-Vee and Fair Grounds Restaurant.