Union County schools benefit from ‘Run for the Ridge’
Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

Union County schools benefit from ‘Run for the Ridge’

The third annual “Run for the Ridge” fundraising event for the Marvin Ridge School cluster is about a month away.

The event’s chairman, Terri Patton, said there are several deadlines that potential sponsors and participants should keep in mind.

Patton said both sponsorships and registrations would be welcomed right up to race time at 8 a.m. on March 22. However, the following cutoff dates may inspire sponsors and runners to act now.

Patton said, “If sponsors want their company name/logo on our shirts, we will need to know by Feb. 28. If they want a sign, we will need to know by March 8. As soon as they let us know, we can start promoting their business on our website.

“They (runners) receive a discount if they register by March 8. Race day registrations will be accepted, but (those registrations are) not guaranteed our Tech Shirt,” she added.

When asked how the earnings are spent, Patton said:

“All schools need money to build on the curriculum that is in place,” she said. “The PTAs (parent-teacher associations) and PTSOs (parent-teacher-student organizations) are organizations that try to understand the needs of their individual schools and raise money to fund these needs. The Run for the Ridge brings together five school PTAs and PTSOs (Marvin Elementary, Rea View Elementary, Sandy Ridge Elementary, Marvin Ridge Middle and Marvin Ridge High) to raise money. All proceeds are split equally amongst these organizations. This allows each PTA/PTSO to use their portion of the proceeds to purchase appropriate items for their school.

“I’ve lived in Marvin for 15 years and have put on numerous events for the Village of Marvin and our schools in order to try to bring the community together,” Patton said. “Neighborhoods or schools might separate people, but these events bring them all together – which makes for more memorable events. We can accomplish more by everyone finding a place to serve in our community. Even empty nesters or people who live alone will find enjoyment when they participate in some aspect of this event.”

Patton said the registration amount goes to cover the cost of the race, while the sponsor money is really where the support funds come in. “ We are still looking for sponsors and raffle items,” Patton said.

John Anderson is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for John? Email him at jafortrel@aol.com.

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