Bodkin PTA getting on track to raise $10,000 for supplies


September 12, 1997|By Peg Adamarczyk | Peg Adamarczyk,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FUND RAISING is never easy, as everyone knows. You can sell only so many candy bars or raffle tickets, persuade your friends to consume so much pizza or slap together so many subs.

So the PTA at Bodkin Elementary School has adopted a more healthy approach, a five-kilometer race and one-mile fun run, to raise $10,000 to cover the costs of new reading materials and supplemental classroom supplies for the school's 600 students.

Race day is Oct. 11. The 5K course runs through Ventnor, along the access drives to the parking lots at Chesapeake Bay Middle and Chesapeake High schools and finishes at Bodkin Elementary. The fun run/walk begins and ends on Ventnor Road.

"We have gotten good response from the community for this event," said Colleen Gresham, co-director of the race. "But there is room for more."

Registrations postmarked by Oct. 1 are $12 for adults and non-Bodkin students. Race-day entries are $15. Bodkin students with $15 in sponsor pledges can enter for free. Walkers are welcome.

Awards will be presented to top finishing racers by age group, and a variety of random prizes will be awarded to participants.

All entrants will receive a race T-shirt. Water will be available at 1.5 miles. A post-race brunch and beverages will be provided.

Entry forms or information: Gresham, 410-360-5415, or Kris Lines, 410-255-2953.

Child health day

Fiore Chiropractic Clinic, 8021 Ritchie Highway, is participating in Kids Day America/International, a health and safety fair for children, at noon Sept. 20.

Families can learn about crime prevention, child safety and environmental awareness by visiting with Project DARE officers and representatives from the state Department of Natural Resources and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Free child safety identification cards will be available with free fingerprinting provided by the county police and sheriff's departments.

Local dentist Dr. Barry Lyons will offer free, brief dental exams to help identify youngsters who need care. and Dr. Joseph Fiore will provide free spinal exams and scoliosis screenings.

"We look forward to providing a fun-filled day for the children," Fiore said.

Back to school

More back-to-school nights next week:

St. Jane Frances School in Riviera Beach will hold its events at 7 p.m. Tuesday for parents with students in primary grades, and 7 p.m. Wednesday for parents with students in grade four to eight.

George Fox Middle School on Outing Avenue will welcome parents and students from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Recreation programs

Need to get in shape? Learn to dance or swim? Learn what's happening at your local county park?

Don't forget to check the county Department of Recreation and Parks' fall program guide, available at local libraries. It lists classes for all ages throughout the county. Some classes have started, but most begin within the next few days.

Information: 410-222-7313.

Pub Date: 9/12/97

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