BENEFITING: Foundation for MetroWest Inc.
ORGANIZER: Foundation for MetroWest Inc.
EVENT: 2015 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 20, 2015
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page!
I am excited to be running my first marathon—the Boston Marathon—as a member of Team Framingham, a group of 22 runners who are residents and/or employees of the town. As a recreational runner and English teacher at Framingham High School, I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity.
As a member of Team Framingham, I have elected to raise money for an incredibly worthy cause. Framingham Adult ESL Plus has provided free English language instruction and life skills training to more than 6,000 immigrants in the Framingham area. The program has helped hundreds of students work towards their GED and has been a passageway to a better life for people from over 38 countries and a wide variety of backgrounds.
Originally started by a concerned group of town meeting members, the program has grown over the years from one class to 35 classes, but an overwhelming unmet need still exists. The program serves 700 students each semester but turns away over 400 potential students each semester because of lack of funds. Students registered during the past semester came from 40 countries and spoke 26 different languages. Students range in age from 18 to 85 and represent a range of backgrounds. Framingham Adult ESL Plus students have included former teachers, painters, physicists, pediatricians, musicians and athletes. They are our newest neighbors and bring a wealth of experiences to share with their new community.
Please consider a donation to help members of the community where I proudly teach. And wish me luck as I wind my way from Hopkinton to Boston (I understand there are some hills).