5K Walk/Run raises funds for Harrisonville

October 11, 2013 

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation and the Harrisonville High School Freshman Mentoring Program raised approximately $3,600 at the Sixth Annual Catch the Spirit 5K Walk/Run Sept. 15. Over 140 people took part in the event to benefit the Foundation and the Christina Collins Memorial Scholarship.

Winning the event was Donnie MacLeod of Harrisonville with a time of 20 minutes, 27 seconds. The overall female winner was Anisa Alexander of Harrisonville with a time of 23:13.

Winners were also recognized in four age groups. Those winners included Kobe Norris, Hannah Bennett, Bryce Jenkins & Caitlyn Costner in the 18 and under group; John Stelter, Nicole Norris, Jesse Larcom, & Jaclyn Sanders in the 19-30 age group; Jason Norris, Kara Costner, Cliff Bennett & Carrie Caruthers in the 31-49 age group; and Don Kusmec, Nancy Cummings, Ron Cummings, and Dena Cooper in the 50+ age group.

The Royal Blue ($500) sponsors for the event were CBIZ and Hollis+Miller Architects. White ($100) sponsors included Wildcat Car Wash; Reece & Nichols, Smith Realty; Ron Cummings, Farm Bureau Insurance; SchoolMessenger; Dicky & Humbard, LLC; Pro Turf Lawn Service; Bowers Survey LLC; Fogel-Anderson Construction; Mark and Susan Lockard; and Super Auto Sales.

The Foundation will use its portion of the proceeds to fund its programming including teacher grants, the Advanced Degree Teacher Initiative, Food 4 Thought backpack program, the Excellence in Academics program, and scholarships.

The Foundation has presented nearly $17,000 through its Advanced Degree Teacher Initiative which reimburses district teachers for Master’s degree coursework and nearly $52,000 in teacher grants. In June, the Foundation awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four-year Excellence in Academics recipients at HHS.

The Harrisonville High School Freshman Mentoring Program will use its portion of the proceeds to fund the Christina Collins Memorial Scholarship. Christina Collins was a 2006 graduate of Harrisonville High School who died in a car accident in the spring of 2007. While in high school, Collins was a member of the marching band, tutoring, the Freshman Mentoring Program, cheerleading and softball.

The Harrisonville Public School Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to support and enhance the educational programs of the Harrisonville School District. For more information on the Foundation, contact Executive Director Jill Filer at 816-380-2727, ext. 1224.

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