SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — When members of the Abington Heights Education Association (AHEA) were looking for a new idea to generate funds for a scholarship they award to a graduating senior each year, several suggested organizing a race.
“We held a craft fair for many years and we decided it sort of ran its course,” Ruth Fried, Chair of the AHEA Scholarship Committee, said. “In the fall, when we were looking to raise money we wanted to do something that was family-oriented and outside.
“Everyone is into fitness these days and we’re hoping that might help. We have a lot of teachers who run races and support other causes and they were the ones who came out and said, ‘Why don’t we do a run.’”
The first AHEA Student Scholarship 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Sunday, April 17. Registration will be held from 8-8:45 a.m. with the run starting at 9 a.m. and the walk at 9:10 a.m.
The race route will include Benyon Drive, Noble Road and Gravel Pond Road. The cost is $20 for participants who pre-register and $25 on the day of the event. The first 125 registered runners will receive a T-shirt. The top three male and female finishers will receive a medal.
“Every penny we make from the run this year, after we meet all our expenses for the race, will go to a student which is so exciting,” Fried said. “I think the race is going to be more of a community event than we’ve ever held for the scholarship. We wanted to open it up to the community at large and we’re trying to get businesses to sponsor the race.”
According to Fried, many members of the AHEA have volunteered to help with various responsibilities regarding the event.
“I would say almost half of our members will be involved, which is good,” she said. ““We have teachers organizing the race, running the race and reviewing the applications, and they are all different,” Fried said. “We made sure we reached out to all our members to get as many people involved as possible.”
The Abington Heights Reflections Awards Program, which will include the scholarship presentation, will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the Montdale Country Club in Jermyn.
“A committee of teachers review the applications,” Fried said. “Last year, there were two (students) who we couldn’t decide between so we split up the money and gave two scholarships. We don’t necessarily always give one scholarship, it depends on how many applications we get and the quality of the applicants.
“I’m excited for a few of the changes to the scholarship application this year. The student who receives the scholarship has to be going into a career in education. We’re having them reflect on their time at Abington Heights and identify some of the things or people who made them choose that career path.”
To register, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/ClarksSummit/AHEA5K or mail a form to AHEA Student Scholarship Fund, Attn: Alicia Vogel, 317 E. Main St., Dalton, PA 18414. To become a race sponsor email: firstname.lastname@example.org.