Running Billboard at the NYC Marathon for PS51
Organized by: Elaine Keating-Brown
I ran 26.2 miles in the NYC Marathon !!!
November 15, 2016
I am running the NYC Marathon for the 3rd time on Nov 6th 2016. Like last year, I would like my 26.2 miles to have extra meaning by raising some cash for my sons' elementary school. PS51 is a wonderful school filled with amazing teachers and staff. My oldest son is now in his 3rd year there and my youngest just started Kindergarten. The school feels like an extension of our own family, love and care is high on the priority list and we could not be happier here. It is based in Midtown Manhattan and includes many low income families. Other public schools are lucky enough to have a wealthy parent body who are able to donate heavily or some will get private funding. PS51 is a Title 1 school which basically means 100% of the kids get free school meals as 50% or more are below the poverty line. Because of our demographics, we can’t rely on parent donations to raise money, hence why parents like myself create fundraisers and think of other interesting ways to get well needed donations to the school. The parents are not the only ones fundraising for the school. The teachers go above and beyond by constantly writing grant requests and you often see donor choose projects for class resources. Due to their hard work and efforts we have secured many partnerships with local companies and institutions, that fund some wonderful programs within the school. Some of these include - The New York City Ballet, Rosies Theatre kids and Carnegie Hall Musical explorers. To give you some idea where your money would go - $25 buys new sporting equipment to use during P.E, $250 buys a school bus for a field trip. $500 buys a years worth of acrylic watercolor and oil based paints for visual arts classes. $1000 buys a years worth of books for classroom libraries. I would really appreciate any donation you can give. To show how appreciative I am, any donation over $26.20 will get some skin space and I will become a human running billboard. Whatever message you want to share, I will write in on me. Please keep it clean and short (it is for a Elementary school, innuendos will be considered!) Over $50 gets premium body space! Over $100 gets my face! Thanks everyone!