By Haley Earl and Chaslin Hoover
Mark your calendars because it is finally time for the annual 5K run/walk and Kids Carnival put on by the Shenango Community Education Foundation (SCEF). The event will take place on Saturday, September 22 at Shenango High School.
This particular 5K was founded in 2013 and has been a successful fall event for the past five years. “We’ve added some new games and ‘minute to win it’ challenges this year for a new twist,” Dr. McCormick shared. “I enjoy it because it is a positive community event and a chance for students, teachers and neighbors to join for some positive outdoor fun.”
“I think the SCEF 5K is a GREAT community event,” noted school counselor and facilitator of the event, Mrs. Othites. “I enjoy seeing all of our Shenango families at the children’s carnival. The foundation has done amazing things to help support our students in their educational journey.”
Through the foundation, different grants and scholarships have been provided, such as SCEF Student Scholarships, Beth Pears Scholarships, classroom grants, and STEM Initiatives. In 2014, the foundation raised just over $5,000; now, the foundation in 2018 is up to $23,203, which for a district the size of Shenango, is extraordinary. Over the course of five years, the foundation has raised a grand total of $77,508.
Though the prime event is the 5K run/ walk, there is more to Saturday than just that. There are plenty of other activities for those who aren’t runners! The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will immediately be followed by a kids carnival that will last until noon. At the carnival, there will be a station for balloon animals, a bounce house, a teacher dunk tank, and many more fun activities. After all this excitement, check out Sinkers and Suds’ donuts!
Dr. Matis, who plays a large part in making this event successful every year, emphasizes that “SCEF strives to involve the community in fundraising events. We encourage both runners and walkers to participate. The carnival has always been a hit with our younger wildcats, so we extended the time for this event.”