Organized by: Avery Ironhill
You ever get that feeling there is more that you need to do in this world? More you can do? Want to do? I do, but usually those feelings get conflicted with what I think I am capable of, and my self-doubt most often wins in the fight. The other day I was watching an interview with an actress who runs everyday, Jennifer Carpenter, and it lit a spark in me. And I went for a run. As my sneakers hit the pavement, and then the overgrown dirt road where the grass was swiping at my ankles and water soaking my shoes, I began to let my mind wander. It found its way, as it often does, to this idea that there was something more I wanted to do to help others. Those who have a certain tug on my heart. Kids. And for once, I didn't let my self-doubt win the battle.
Student dropout is a recognized problem in our country and I am constantly amazed at the lack of resources available to our youth who are struggling to stay in school. What amazes me more is the phenomenal resiliency kids have against all of the horrible things they may be handed, and that even if they are placed in a hard situation, they often rise up to overcome the challenge. Some can do it alone, but most need something more. Studies have shown that having a positive relationship, either with an older peer or an adult, can be one of the most influential and key pieces in a student's choice to stay in school. And that's what this fundraiser is all about; giving students access to those positive relationships. All the money raised here will be split between established mentoring programs and a scholarship fund for students attending higher education.
I'm sure you're wondering how student dropout and running connect, and I guess it is like any charity race out there, except this will be a challenge to individuals all across the country to take on where they are. Here's what I will be doing, and I would love for you to join me. I am running 100 straight days, no breaks, and for every mile I run I will be donating a dollar to my cause. If I miss a day I will pay $50 towards my cause (I don't plan on missing any days:). At the end of every week, I will calculate my mileage and donate my total for the week here.
Where you come in: You can pledge as little as a penny on the miles I run, and you can choose to either sponsor me the whole 100 days, or just choose 1 week to sponsor my miles. Too easy right?? You can always pledge a little more of course, I wouldn't turn you away! Or, you can donate a lump sum, no worries about my mileage or checking in. Or, the best part, you can join me and and challenge yourself to run 100 straight days too. If you donate at least $50, you will get a t-shirt to let everyone else know how awesome you are!! And you can even have people pledge on you! Although I'm in Washington State, if you want to support mentoring programs in your area too let me know and I can send some of the funds to an established mentoring program in your state! Either way, put that self-doubt in the back of the closet, and join me in helping to raise the rates and end school dropout. We can make change happen.
Thank you guys for taking the time to read this, and especially for supporting my cause!
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