A Non-Profit Corporation established to create a public/private partnership
2018 GCPS Education Foundation 3K and 8K Run/Walk Participants
Gloucester Educational Foundation raises more than $11,000 for local public schools
More than 250 sign up, 65 volunteer, and 25 contribute to annual 3K and 8K walk/run
Gloucester – The Gloucester County Public Schools Educational Foundation, along with Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management, raised more than $11,000 for Gloucester schools at their 3K and 8K Walk/Run on Feb. 17. Approximately 257 people signed up, at least 65 volunteered, and countless others attended to support the event. More than 25 businesses and individuals also contributed financially.
After race expenses, the Foundation netted about $11,177 for local schools. Sharon Stone, campaign and event chair, said: “We are thankful to our generous community for giving to our schools. Our sponsors, volunteers, participants, their families and friends and many others came out to support education in Gloucester.”
This event is the Educational Foundation’s only fundraiser, and all proceeds benefit Gloucester public schools, including the Teacher of the Year program, which recognizes outstanding performers, and school mini-grants, which help teachers offer more educational opportunities for students.
The race had some impressive results as well. The top three male 8K finishers were Adam Otstot, 35, of Williamsburg, with a time of 26:55; Joe Kane, 31, of Alexandria, at 28:40; and Tanner Baker, 15, of Gloucester, at 29:26.
The top three female 8K finishers were Carolyn Harrison, 61, of Virginia Beach, at 36:53; Jessica Cunningham, 32, of Hayes, at 37:40; and Rose Crist, 62, of Lanexa at 37:53.
Top 3K finishers were Lauren Dobson, 14, of Bena at 18:38; Nicole Pinder, 14, of Hayes at 19:35; and Jack Gibson, 9, of Gloucester at 19:39. Fourth was Joshua Pinder, 10, of Hayes at 19:52, and fifth was Sam Blittle, 11, of Hayes at 19:59.
Special awards included the middle-of-the-pack prize to Paul Clark, 49, of Hampton; youngest finisher to Aubrey Lord, 6, of Hayes; and oldest finisher to Larry Arrata, 73, of Williamsburg.
Petsworth Elementary School won first place for the school with the highest percent of participants, and Achilles Elementary came in second.
For full race results, visit LINK
Fun community event
The Educational Foundation event also featured family fun activities before and after the race, including a bounce house, selfie both, and popcorn machine from Gloucester Grand Rental Station, and sponsor booths hosted by Chesapeake Bank, Chesapeake Wealth Management Group, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, Riverside Health System, Pivot Physical Therapy, and Little Lights Childcare.
Volunteers from the Gloucester High School Junior ROTC, Beta Club, track/cross country teams, along with the Peninsula Track Club and many others worked tirelessly to staff the event. The Gloucester County Sheriff’s Department, Gloucester-Mathews Gazette-Journal, Glo-Quips, and Xtra 99.1 FM also supported the event with time and resources.
Sponsors who support schools
Name sponsors were Chesapeake Bank and Chesapeake Wealth Management. Gold Sponsors were Chick-Fil-A, Cook Foundation, Grand Rental Station of Gloucester, Hudson & Associates Architects, Jostens, Riverside Health System, and Worthington Communications.
Silver sponsors were BayPort Credit Union, Tony Brothers, Butterfoss & Barton Orthodontics, Dr. Walter R. and LaGuamna M. Clemons, GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys, Karen & Bob Kovacs “In Memory of Ann Burruss,” Little Lights Childcare, Mitchell CPA’s & Advisors, Mike & Susan Jenkins, Pivot Physical Therapy, Split Enz Salon, Urban Learning & Leadership Center, and Ware Academy.
Chesapeake Bank’s Melissa Crawford said: “At Chesapeake Bank, we know that schools contribute to a more vibrant local economy, and they help Gloucester youth realize their dreams. We support these goals.” Chesapeake Wealth Management’s Felicia Stovall added, “We at Chesapeake Wealth Management are committed to our community, and we recognize the importance of educating our future leaders.”
More information about the Gloucester Educational Foundation is available at tinyurl.com/gcpsedfoundation, or by contacting Carol Dehoux at (804) 693-1425 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More race results can be found at peninsulatrackclub.com.
L-R Starlina Kladler – Gloucester H.S.; Jessica Brown – Achilles E.S.;
Rose Spangler – Botetourt E.S.; Preston Higgins – Petsworth E.S.;
Lanita Knight – Bethel E.S.; Jennifer Rollings – Abingdon E.S.;
Judith Gwartney-Green – Page M.S.; Timothy Winchester – Gloucester H.S.
and Karen Croxton – Peasley M.S..
Teachers were selected by their peers for their respective schools
Elementary School Teacher of the Year Preston Higgins
Middle School Teacher of the Year, Judith Gwartney-Green
High School Teacher of the Year, Timothy Winchester.
Judith Gwartney-Green was also selected as
The Gloucester County Public Schools Division Teacher of the Year
and is now eligible to represent Gloucester
in the Mary V. Bicouvaris State Teacher of the Year program.
The Educational Foundation is a nonprofit corporation
established to create a public/private partnership
to implement public school improvement projects
approved by the School Board.
Current projects include the annual
which has awarded an estimated $40,000
since it was implemented in 2004,
the annual Teacher of the Year program which recognizes and rewards
outstanding teachers from each of the schools in the county,
various fundraisers, including Walk-A-Thons, Design Events and an annual 8K run.
Teacher-of-the-Year Recognition Dinner.
Provided to Teachers for Classroom Enhancement
Nearly $6,000 was awarded in 2013-2014!
Gloucester County Educational Foundation
Ms. Carol Dehoux
6099 T.C. Walker Road
Gloucester, VA 23061