Race for Education goes over goal

Andrea Rose
Third-grader Addison Harshman and second-grader Allison Mills take a break between laps during the Greencastle-Antrim Race for Education Friday.

Addison Harshman was up and at 'em early Friday morning. "I was excited," she explained.

Addison was one of the 1,400 students who participated in the sixth annual Race for Education at Greencastle-Antrim School District.

Addison said she made at least 10 laps around the track in an attempt to raise money for the elementary school. "I run really fast," she said.

Friday morning, students in kindergarten through fifth grade took turns circling the track.

"Our students will run or jog on our school track and receive donations from sponsors," explained Wendy Witmer, vice president of the PTO at Greencastle-Antrim Primary and Elementary school and race chair. "The money from this fundraiser goes towards supporting our students with field trips, assemblies, PTO-sponsored activities and events, classroom grants and other essential educational needs."

Last year's event raised $110,000. This year's goal was $85,000 and so far, students have raised $91,365.

"The community has been so supportive over the years," Witmer said. "It's exciting to see students, parents and local businesses chip in to help.

"It's very exciting," said Dr. Kendra Trail, Greencastle-Antrim superintendent. "The sense of enthusiasm and teamwork with parents and volunteers is astounding."