Race for Education

February 21, 2020

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Dear Elementary School Parents,

This year marks our 16th Annual Race for Education fundraising event. This annual event is full of family fun and is an enormous blessing for our students. Race allows our school to come together for fellowship, exercise, friendly competition, and support of a worthy cause. The Village community outdoes itself every year to raise substantial funds for school programs through the generous donations of their families and friends. Students learn that their efforts running as many laps as they can translate into very real enrichment to their education. My own father taught me many years ago that you can’t out-give God. I am convinced that this will be our most successful race ever and that God will continue to richly bless the efforts of the Village community.

Your child(ren) will soon be coming home with information regarding this year’s event. It will provide a timetable and information for how to sign up for the Race online. Please review the information and be one of the first to sign up! You are the reason Race is so successful year after year.

We are praying for sunny weather, good runners, and the Lord’s blessing on our 16th Race. Thank you for the part you play and your support of Village Christian Elementary School.

Blessings,
Margie Chespak
Elementary Principal

2020 RFE GOAL

Partnering with The Legacy Campaign to support the initiatives that will benefit our elementary students and teachers both now and in the future.

We are very excited to be partnering with The Legacy Campaign this year as we celebrate God’s incredible blessings and provision over the last 70 years. There are many initiatives that will benefit our elementary students and teachers. We have been praying and planning over the last year as we prepare to expand our elementary library into a new and vibrant space, and our fundraising will help facilitate this exciting transition. Entire classes will fit into the library for the first time, and we cannot wait for our students to experience the library like they never have before. We will also be refurbishing our Teachers’ Lounge and adding another much-needed bathroom. We are working with the Spiritual Life Department to align our Bible curriculum K-12 to ensure our students will learn and grow in the Lord in age appropriate ways. And, we will increase professional development opportunities for our wonderful teachers so they too have opportunities to learn and grow.

In previous years, the Race for Education Goal has supported multiple aspects of our STEAM program. New PE equipment, the science lab, SMART Boards, computers for teachers, the Teaching Garden, the new chapel sound and lighting systems, and our flex seating classrooms have all been supported by Race funds. All of these enhancements better empower our students as they learn and grow, and they will benefit from study in “real world” environments, where they can take control of their own learning and grow in many different ways.

The funds provided by the Race for Education, sponsored by the Village Christian Elementary Parent Teacher Fellowship, have been a huge blessing to our students and teachers. Each year, our staff stands in humble awe of the generosity of our families, their relatives, and friends. Race allows our programs to expand, grow, and be the very best that they can be. We believe that we cannot only achieve, but exceed, previous years’ fundraisers with your help and God’s blessings. Join us in helping each and every Village student thrive!

What is the Race for Education?

Race for Education is our annual Elementary jog-a-thon. Students walk or run laps around a 1/6th-mile area for approximately one hour. There is also an obstacle course. Students are divided into teams based on grade level, with grades JK-2 completing their laps in the first race and grades 3-5 completing their laps in the second race.

When does this year's Race take place?

This year’s race is Friday, February 21, 2020, on the VCS campus.

What is the purpose?

This event is a fundraiser that provides a fun way for students to participate in advancing their own education. This program helps VCS Elementary PTF raise funds for needed items that are not typically covered by the school’s general operating budget. Funds from previous Races have paid for the science lab, classroom SMART Boards, new computers, PE equipment, a new sound and lighting system for the Chapel, as well as many of our flex seating opportunities. This year, we are partnering with The Legacy Campaign to support the initiatives that will benefit our elementary students and teachers both now and in the future.

How does it work?

Race for Education utilizes an online platform run by Pledgestar. This service allows your child to collect sponsors by sharing a unique weblink. Friends and family can click the link and offer support as a pledge per lap or as a flat donation. Cash and check donations made out to Village Christian School will also be accepted through the Elementary Office.

Who should my student ask to be a sponsor?

Potential sponsors may be family members (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins) living nearby or out of state. Close friends, neighbors, or people you do business with can all be a great source of sponsorship. We ask that students do not solicit strangers (door-to-door solicitation is discouraged).

How can I support the Race?

We encourage parents, family members, and friends to support Race for Education by sponsoring their student with a per-lap or flat donation. We also welcome and encourage volunteers to help prior to Race with some organizational tasks and on the day of the event as well. Please feel free to join your child during their race time.

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about RFE, please email the RFE Committee at race4ed@villagechristian.org.

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