Third Year Partnering With Berkeley Public Schools Fund

Since its inaugural year, The Berkeley Half Marathon has aligned with local non-profit organization, Berkeley Public Schools Fund to support programs that enrich educational opportunities throughout Berkeley.

Over the past two years, runners and community members have supported the Berkeley Public Schools Fund through fundraising associated with The Berkeley Half Marathon, raising nearly $70,000 in charitable donations. Those dollars have helped Berkeley Public Schools Fund reach their record 1-million dollar fundraising goal in the 2014-2015 year. The funds raised by The Berkeley Half Marathon runners have supported much-needed programs, including:

  • 2014 Grant for the “Growing Leaders” program that teaches students gardening, cooking, ecology, and business skills while providing mentorship, internship and summer job opportunities.
  • 2014 Grant for District-wide Gardening Curriculum
  • “Do the Math,” a grant supporting 4th and 5th grade transition to Common Core State Standards, helping students make progress on foundational number concepts.
  • Grant programs supporting Math and Science achievement

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Over the past two years, more than 80 runners have joined the Berkeley Public Schools Fund team each year to stay healthy and active throughout the fall while helping to raise awareness and funds for public schools in Berkeley. The 2015 team is growing quickly and focusing on ambitious fundraising goals to support their mission to inspire and empower an extraordinary public education for every child.

Team Schools Fund is once again sponsored by Magoosh, a local start-up offering online test preparation materials.

The Berkeley Public Schools Fund is offering a limited number of promo codes for free race registration in exchange for committing to raising $500. Join Team Schools Fund, and they will get in touch with details. You can also donate directly to the team. Or, if you’re already registered to run, you can start fundraising for Berkeley Public Schools Fund today.

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