On Saturday, Sept. 28,PTEF’s Family Fit Fest, featuring the coach Hathaway run, will take place at Southport High School. Though the name is different, and the lineup has been expanded to offer more activities for people of all ages, the race is the same event Southsiders have come to know and love over the years
Registration is underway for runners and walkers interested in signing up for the 10K, 5K, and 1-mile run which honors Coach Tom Hathaway who taught and coached cross-country and track in Perry Township schools for 46 years. Before his death in April 2012, Hathaway ran 131 marathons and countless other races. Every year, it is touching to see hundreds in our community come together to honor coach Hathaway’s memory and to support education.
In addition to the run/walk, PTEF has added additional activities:
• Fitness Circuit led by district physical education teachers, including an obstacle course, soccer goal contest, and 40-yard dash
• Discovery Zone for small children with hula hoops and giant stacking cups
• Health & Community Fair
• 1/4-mile Kiddie Romp with school mascots
• Food, music, and more!
This year, PTEF is encouraging participants to “go the extra mile” by raising the most money for a chance to win the following prizes:
• Two seventh-row tickets to an Indianapolis Colts game for the highest individual fundraiser.
• $250 grant for the top three fundraising teams affiliated with Perry Township schools.
• A sports towel, insulated water bottle, wireless speaker and/or sport duffel bag.
• Trophies and recognition at the awards ceremony
Schools are even raising the stakes. The elementary school or kindergarten academy with the highest rate of participation will receive an all-school assembly with Indy Eleven.
PTEF serves our students, teachers, administrators, and staff. Since 1994, the Foundation has funded more than $1.2 million in grants to support innovative and creative programs to enhance learning.
PTEF regularly awards teachers with Creative and Innovative Educator Grants that allow teachers to apply for funding for a specific project.
The Foundation strives to offer experiences to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity. For example, PTEF sponsored a trip to Connor Prairie for every fourth-grade student in our district last year. It also granted $1,500 to each of our kindergarten academies to fund much-needed literacy and math materials, as well as a mega grant for the Early Childhood Academy to build an outdoor classroom and lab for preschool students.
There’s plenty of time to register as a volunteer or participant. For more information, visit ptef.org.