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Foundation to host Annual Strides for Education 5K Run/Walk

By Staff | Jan 8, 2021

The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will hold its 10th Annual Strides for Education 5K Run/Walk on Feb. 6. Participants can run at Florida SouthWestern State College or sign up for a virtual option. The foundation will be following CDC Guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants.

The event’s title sponsor is Suncoast Credit Union and funds will benefit the foundation’s Take Stock in Children scholarship program. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Schools and businesses throughout Lee County are challenged to create the largest team. More than 1,300 business leaders, community partners and educators participated in last year’s race. The first 1,100 registered participants will receive a long sleeve, dry-fit race shirt and goody bag.

Online registration is available until Feb. 5 at www.flcpsstrides5k.com. Registration will not be available the day of the event.

The Strides for Education 5K raises money for college scholarships to benefit students entering the Take Stock in Children program. The program was established in 1995 as a statewide scholarship program that provides an opportunity for deserving low-income youth to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Students enter the program in sixth or ninth grade and commit to remaining crime- and drug- free, maintaining a 2.5 GPA or higher, and meeting with a mentor regularly. In keeping their commitment, they are awarded a four-year college tuition scholarship upon high school graduation.