ABC Run/Walk #105 is February 1

by Merlin Anderson (abcrunner@frontier.com)

When:           Sunday Feb. 18:30 a.m. (doors open 8:00)

Where:          The Children's Foundation, 403 South State Street, Bloomington (Directions: From Washington Street, turn South on Towanda Avenue, turn East on Grove, then South on State Street) For more info about The Children's Foundation, go to http://www.childrenshomeandaid.org

Benefits:      The Scott Early Learning Center     

Why:

The Scott Early Learning Center annually serves 200 McLean County children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. It serves families of all income levels, but currently 75% of all children qualify for some assistance.  Many of the children have been born in high-risk environments and face significant barriers to healthy development and learning.   It has been proven that there is a strong correlation between early education and future success in the classroom. A good quality early education can boost a child’s IQ as much as 10 points.  

Here are a couple examples of what a $30 donation can provide…

1) Arts and Crafts supplies for one activity each for 10 Learning Center classrooms,
2) One field trip for a classroom to the Children’s Discovery museum.  You can make a difference.

Cost:  Free – but donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. (Cash, or checks payable to The Children's Foundation)

Distances:  4  miles = total distance from The Children's Foundation to the triangle and back, or 8 miles = distance from the Children’s Foundation to GE Park & back.

Amenities:  Water/Gatorade will be at the triangle (in the shelter). 
                     Food/drink at finish, including Meg's coffee cake.  Bring something to share if you wish.                       

Questions:  Call Merlin or Meg at 532-2194  or  Lisa Sparks 825-2564

p.s.  Thanks much to the 29 participants in ABC #104, Jan. 10, for the fun time, food, and $685 in donations to Sugar Grove Nature Center.

The March ABC run will be hosted by Robyn Walter for McLean County Child Protection Network.  Date is still TBD.

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