Walkabout Education Foundation to Host RUNABOUT
5K Race, Picnic and Fundraiser
FDR State Park – Sunday, September 8th
August 26th Katonah, N.Y.-The Walkabout Education Foundation will host RUNABOUT, a 5K race, picnic and fundraiser at FDR State Park Lot 4 in Yorktown Heights on SUNDAY, September 8th starting at 10:30 a.m.. Alumni and supporters of the Walkabout Program are banding together to show their support and raise money to save this vital education program. RUNABOUT will bring the Walkabout community together on a day filled with activities, exercise, live music performances, vendors, raffles and a live auction.
JOIN US to help fund, save and grow the Walkabout Program!
The Walkabout Program has been improving the lives of high school students in the Putnam/Westchester area for thirty-six years. The experience has a positive and long-lasting impact on its graduates, providing them with the skill, direction and confidence to become successful adults and contributors to the community. As a result of budget cuts, the Walkabout Program is in danger of closing.
“Walkabout has a rich history of bringing out the best in its students. If we allow a struggling economy and school district budget cuts to bring this award-winning program to an end, it will have long-lasting effects – not only on those students who desperately depend on it – but also on the future of our community as a whole.” said WEF Chairman and Walkabout Alumni, Ben Wild.
The Walkabout Program provides an essential bridge for students who struggle to find their way in regular high school, enabling them to reach their full potential. For example, 29% of Walkabout graduates go on to pursue a master’s degree. A impressive statistic considering that the US Census Bureau states that only 8% of the general US population posses a master’s degree. 1
“RUNABOUT will serve as an opportunity for Walkabout alumni and supporters to unite and give back to the program, which is in desperate need this year. We’re asking everyone who has been touched by the Walkabout Program to show up in support of the program. Whether by running in the 5K, walking in the 2K, making a financial contribution, Walkabout needs your help.” said Alison Green, WEF Board Member and RUNABOUT Organizer.
The Walkabout Education Foundation, comprised of a volunteer board has worked furiously to raise awareness for the program and simultaneously fundraise. WEF Board Member Alison Green has spearheaded WEF’s effort to host a 5K run and picnic in FDR park just miles from the Walkabout campus in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. The Walkabout Education Foundation has organized several events to make an afternoon people will remember and raise money for the much needed program.
Currently there are these events scheduled for the RUNABOUT 5k and Picnic:
- 5K Run
- 2K Walk
- Beer Garden
- Open mic for music, comedy or poetry
- Live DJ
- Games for the whole family
- Update from WEF Board
10:30am – Event Opens, Race Registration Begins, Food Vendors and Beer Garden Open
11:30 am – 5K Race Starts
11:45 am - 2K Walk Starts
Noon – Open Mic Performances Begin (including “Rocks Before Roots” by Vic Messic)
2:30pm – Update from WEF Board, Raffle and Live Auction
4pm – Event Ends
For more information on sponsoring the event, being a vendor, donating items for the raffle or volunteering please email walkabout5K@yahoo.com
To register for the race or walk please go to www.active.com/5k-race/yorktown-heights-ny/walkabout-5k-2013
Right now Walkabout needs everyone’s support please donate at http://walkabout.org/donate/.
FDR State Park is located at: 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
The Walkabout Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate and expand challenge-oriented, experiential education programs. This time-tested approach to education provides students with a sense of self-confidence, community, life skills and core values at a critical and transformative time of life. We are a network of alumni, parents, educators and supporting foundations who believe that these programs empower individuals to dramatically improve themselves and the world around them.
1 US Census Bureau – Educational Attainment http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/about/
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